General Howe's Dog: George Washington, the Battle for Germantown, and the Dog Who Crossed Enemy Lines

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Before they were generals-they were gentlemen.

A remarkable footnote to history surfaced during America's fight for independence. After the Battle of Germantown, General George Washington came across a stray dog wearing an inscribed collar marking him as the property of British general William Howe-the very man Washington was trying to defeat. As a well-bred gentleman and man of his times, Washington did the proper thing: he returned the dog ...
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Overview

Before they were generals-they were gentlemen.

A remarkable footnote to history surfaced during America's fight for independence. After the Battle of Germantown, General George Washington came across a stray dog wearing an inscribed collar marking him as the property of British general William Howe-the very man Washington was trying to defeat. As a well-bred gentleman and man of his times, Washington did the proper thing: he returned the dog to his adversary, along with a polite note. Though separated by ideals and loyalties, both Washington and Howe adhered to a common code of conduct. Following the early lives of both men, General Howe's Dog provides a fascinating account of their upbringings and ascents through the military ranks, detailing how enemies on the battlefield composed themselves as respectable gentlemen in the midst of war. It is a rarely seen glimpse into the personality and character of the father of our country.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781596090323
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.88 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Tiger is a Philadelphia-based freelance writer whose work has appeared in Self, Good Housekeeping, Ms., Men's Health, and Salon. She is also a contributing writer at Philadelphia magazine.
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