Sunday, February 12, 2012

Feb. 13: Parker Leaves Cork...Finally

On February 13, 1776, Commodore Sir Peter Parker finally leaves Cork, Ireland.  Lord George Germain, Lord North's secretary of state for American affairs, assured British personnel in North America that Parker would leave Ireland by the first of December 1775 to rendezvous with Major General Henry Clinton off the coast of North Carolina. For several months, however, authorities in Dublin argued with London over the use in America of troops based in Ireland.

David K. Wilson, The Southern Strategy: Britain's Conquest of South Carolina and Georgia, 1775-1780 (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2005), 36-37.
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