Independence Hall

Philadelphia
PA

Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall

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Formerly the Pennsylvania State House. Site of the Second Continental Congresss and of the signing of the Declaration of Independence; access is available through a Park Ranger tour.

Loyalism was a siren call for the British. They were constantly bending their strategy to conform to the chimera of Loyalist support that was assumed to be there but somehow never materialized. Howe’s Philadelphia campaign and Burgoyne’s invasion from Canada, as well as the British strategy in the South, were based on the assumption that large numbers of Loyalists would rise in support, if only sufficiently encouraged and protected ...

Michael Stephenson
Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence Was Fought (2007)