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The following day, Arnold joined them with the rest 32 George Washington’s Great Gamble of his men. It was time to begin building a British naval base on the Chesapeake. “The Divine Providence manifests itself” Washington kept himself well informed of comings and goings in New York. He was told when Arnold’s troops were loading on board their transports, though his information was imperfect and he did not yet know that Arnold was in command. As preparations continued, Washington’s intelligence grew more thorough and accurate.
Sea Power for the General 23 Indeed, wary of Arbuthnot’s superior ﬂeet, de Ternay refused to dispatch even a single frigate to patrol the area, to the disgust of his officers. Then, on December 15, an old man at ﬁfty-seven, the admiral died after a few days’ illness. One French officer wrote in his journal, “[De Ternay] was not popular, his death created very little stir. ” “[A]nother Expedition into the Chesapeak” With the French bottled up in Newport, Sir Henry Clinton began to look for other uses for his army, preferably ones that did not require him to leave the comforts of New York.
The ﬁrst maritime issue to confront Washington after taking command of the nascent American army in Cambridge was the need to stop or at least hinder the British in Boston from resupplying themselves by sea. At ﬁrst, the objective had seemed unachievable. Luckily, the new commander-in-chief had in his officer corps men who had spent their lives at sea and understood sea power and shipping in a way he did not. Foremost among them was Colonel John Glover of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Glover was one of those indispensible men without whom the American Revolution would have collapsed within two years.