Snapshot of History: “Robert Howe 1732 – 1786 Continental Army General”

English: Robert Howe (1732-1786)

English: Robert Howe (1732-1786) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceHistoryNews says Robert Howe (1732–86) was a Continental Army general from North Carolina during the American Revolutionary War. He was one of only five
general officers, and the only major-general, in the Continental Army from that state. At the outset of the war, he was appointed a brigadier general in the Continental Army, and eventually became commander of the Southern Department. His early military career was contentious and consumed by conflict with political and military leaders in Georgia and South Carolina. These confrontations, including a 1778 duel with Christopher Gadsden, and Howe’s reputation as a womanizer eventually led to his removal from command over the Southern Department. Prior to the formal turnover of his command, Howe commanded the Continental Army and Patriot militia forces in defeat in the First Battle of Savannah. He later sat as a senior officer on the court-martial board that sentenced British officer John André, a co-conspirator of Benedict Arnold, to death. Howe himself was accused of attempting to defect to the British, but the accusations were cast aside at the time as a British stratagem.

He died in December 1786 after being elected to the North Carolina House of Commons

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