Plans for Winter Quarters

Wilmington had the advantage of being easy to supply and close enough to Philadelphia to harass the British; but the British still controlled Wilmington, and the Americans would have had to wrest it from them. The line of troops between rivers would have forced the British to be vigilant throughout the winter as it was so close to Philadelphia. But the Americans were in no position to wage what would be tantamount to a guerrilla campaign. Most of the generals supported the Lancaster-Reading idea, but Washington was not thrilled with the plan. Likely it was farther away from the British than he would have liked.

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