But the Oneidas were certainly there at Barren Hill, and certainly did keep the attention of the Brits while the rest of Lafayette’s troops slipped away. That was both a professional embarrassment for the new British commander, General Clinton, and a personal embarrassment for the former commander, General Howe.”
He explained that Howe, having lost his command to Clinton, had boasted to all and sundry there that the Redcoats would capture “the Boy” at Barren Hill and bring him back as a prisoner to dine in Philadelphia that very night. Howe’s dinner plans were spoiled when Lafayette and his men managed to escape from the British “trap” by crossing the Schuylkill River at Matson’s Ford.
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