William Howe


Arnold Glasow once said "A good leader takes a little more than his share of the blame, a little less than his share of the credit." William Howe precisely fits this definition. He took all the blame for the defeat during the Revolutionary War, being the highest rank British Commander in the colonies, but given almost no credit for the work and victories he managed to complete. On August 10th, 1729, William Howe was born into a military based family in England. (Adelson, 7) He had two siblings and a family with a wealthy background, along with a well known name, related to the king. To get William started and on his feet to walk the path of a military career, he was sent to Eton, a preparatory school at the age of twelve. As soon as he graduated, Howe joined the army. (Adelson, 8) His school life and childhood were relatively average, but his ability and skill showed extreme talent. Throughout his training in school and in the army, he developed into a capable and powerful general. As Howe moved up in the ranks, he soon started to participate in the Revolutionary War. Despite the difficulties and challenges that William Howe went through, such as the relationship he had with his homeland, he was still capable of leading his army to victories like The Battle of Long Island, and managed to leave his legacy on the war even after his service. Through his own hard work, he became an important general in the American Revolution. A general that deserves more credit for the work he has done, and one who had hidden struggles that should be heard and acknowledged.

Research Highlights

  • The British thought William Howe was hesitant, and let his guard down, letting his feelings about the Patriots get in the way of his job.
  • The British criticized William's work and efforts in the Revolutionary Warm, believing that he was not fit for being a leader, and thought he was better off being a top rank executive officer.
  • On July 1776, Howe commanded 32,000 soldiers, the largest British army ever gathered over seas, also commanding the British naval fleet.
  • The battle was a victory through a series of tactical successes, since Howe learned from his previous mistakes from the Battle of Bunker Hill.
  • After how resigned from being head British Commander in the colonies, Howe was forced to participate in an investigation held about himself in Parliament. Not only was he an investigation topic in Parliament, but he also served other purposes, such as representing Nottingham and giving speeches about his opinions and experiences in the war.
  • William Howe was given many privileges after the war, such as being titled as the 5th Viscount Howe and being in charge of Britain's biggest sea port, Portsmouth.