landed in Brunswick county with about 900 men.
Lord Cornwallis (from an English print). and proceeded to his assigned work.
In this ignoble expedition—his first in America—he lost two men killed and one taken prisoner. Clinton, in a proclamation (May 5), invited the people to appease the vengeance of an incensed nation by submission, and offered pardon to all, excepting General Howe and Cornelius Harnett.
Howe sent Cornwallis in November, 1777, with a strong body of troops, by way of Chester, to Billingsport to clear the New Jersey banks of the Delaware.
Washington immediately sent General Greene with a division across the river to oppose the movement.
Cornwallis was reinforced by five British battalions front New York, while expected reinforcements from the northern army were still delayed through the bad conduct of General Gates.
The consequence was the forced abandonment of Fort Mercer, at Red Bank, and the levelling of its ramparts by the British troops.
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