Hidden History: The only British peer to have a burial marker in the U.S.
From the historical notes at the end of Nine Eleven (coming a week from today) regarding the 1776 mission to the . . .
Staten Island Peace Conference: The Conference accomplished nothing. Neither party could negotiate the key points between the two sides. Four days after the Peace Conference, General Howe landed on Manhattan Island and completed the occupation of New York City.
Benjamin Franklin was invited to play chess by General and Admiral Howe’s sister while he was in London. Perhaps that was a euphemism? History does not record her motives. But the Admiral and Franklin did spend considerable time discussing Franklin’s ‘Hints for a durable union’.
The Howe’s older brother, George, was killed during the Seven Years War during the Battle of Carillon. He is the only British peer to have a burial marker in the United States. The Massachusetts Assembly paid to have a monument made to him in Westminster Abbey. It reads: THE PROVINCE OF MASSACHUSETS BAY, IN NEW ENGLAND BY AN ORDER OF THE GREAT AND GENERAL COURT BEARING DATE FEBy; 1st: 1759, CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF GEORGE AUGUSTUS LORD VISCOUNT HOWE, BRIGADIER GENERAL OF HIS MAJESTY’S FORCES IN AMERICA, WHO WAS SLAIN JULY THE 6th 1758, ON THE MARCH TO TICONDEROGA, IN THE 34th YEAR OF HIS AGE: IN TESTIMONY OF THE SENSE THEY HAD OF HIS SERVICES AND MILITARY VIRTUES, AND OF THE AFFECTION THEIR OFFICERS AND SOLDIERS BORE TO HIS COMMAND. HE LIVED RESPECTED AND BELOVED: THE PUBLICK REGRETTED HIS LOSS; TO HIS FAMILY IT IS IRREPARABLE.
Thus the British Admiral and General who fought the Colonists at the start of the Revolution had lost a brother fighting with the Colonists. This was part of the motivation for the 1776 Conference, even though both sides knew nothing of substance could be accomplished. They had to try.
This is the substance of the Time Patrol books– finding the nooks and crannies of hidden history as well as key events.
Originally published at www.writeitforward.com on September 4, 2016.