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)
Today in the Revolution ...
Washington and French General Rochambeau begin to move their troops south to fight Cornwallis in Yorktown.