British General Sir Henry Clinton
After the Revolutionary War: 1781-1795
Lt. General Henry Clinton was relieved of command on March 26, 1782 and he turned
over command to Lt. General Guy Carleton in May, 1782. Even though Lt.
General Charles Cornwallis had commanded at the Battle
of Yorktown, it was Clinton who was made the scapegoat for the loss
of the American colonies when he returned to England in disgrace. Historians
have since shifted more blame upon Cornwallis.
General Clinton attempted to get a parliamentary inquiry into the matter to
clear his name, but he was refused. In 1784, he lost re-election to Parliament,
ending his twelve year service there, when he feuded with his cousin, Newcastle,
He then published his Narrative in an effort to rehabilitate his reputation.
In 1790, he was re-elected to Parliament. In October 1793, he was promoted to
full General. In July 1794, he was appointed governor of Gibraltar. He died
on December 23, 1795.
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