General Henry Clinton | Battle of Waxhaws

General Henry Clinton

General Henry Clinton and the British high command decided what they needed was a “Southern strategy.”  The British decided to bring the war to the South because (1) they hadn’t really won any major victories and (2) there were a lot of loyalists (Americans on the British side) in the South, particularly in the two Carolinas. If they captured the Southern colonies, the Briitish knew they would have control over the most valuable colonies. More than 6,000 British troops were shipped from New York to Charles Town. In 1780, the British successfully seized Charles Town.