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A Naval Disaster: The Penobscot Expedition

Henry Clinton letter on Penobscot River fort, 1779

Henry Clinton letter on Penobscot River fort, 1779

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Maine Historical Society

In 1779, much of the action of the American Revolution had moved south.



But, the British saw an opportunity on the Downeast coast of Maine to establish a strategic naval position to challenge American privateers, set up a loyalist community, access needed timber resources, and establish a coastal trading post.



British General Henry Clinton wrote a letter concerning construction of a fort on the Penobscot River and activities of troops there "to defend themselves against any Attempt the Rebels in those parts may be able to make ..."