I am preparing a lesson on Paine’s “Common Sense” and need help with a reference. Paine says:
“All that Howe has been doing for this month past, is rather a ravage than a conquest, which the spirit of the Jerseys, a year ago, would have quickly repulsed, and which time and a little resolution will soon recover.”
My knowledge of military history is somewhat limited. Is Paine refering here to the fact that Howe did not initially attempt to chase Washington’s army down and destroy it, prefering instead to occupy New Jersey town by town? It seems odd to refer to Howe’s advance as a “ravage” since, as I recall, Howe was initially fairly restrained. Is this just more of Paine’s over the top rhetoric, or is there something I don’t know?
Thanks in advance for any help you can give me on this.