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Battle of White Plains

The Battle of White Plains was an inconclusive meeting on October 28, 1776 in the American Revolutionary War. General William Howe's British army, with Hessian support was completing their occupation of New York and its environs. George Washington had withdrawn to the high ground near the village of White Plains.

The battle is recorded as a British victory, in that Washington was forced to withdraw. But, Howe missed another chance to crush Washington's army. After taking the high ground, he paused to set up camp and artillery batteries. After spending a few miserable nights on swampy ground, under the British guns, the Americans slipped away to the north on the night of November 1, escaping with their wounded and supplies.

Considering the numbers involved, casualties were light on both sides. The Continental Army lost 130 killed and wounded, while British losses came to about 230.