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17311781, May 13
a renowned artilleryman and general officer in the British Army who served as a major-general in the American War of Independence. Phillips was promoted to the rank of Major-General and sent to Quebec in 1776, along with his friend General Henry Clinton and General John Burgoyne, to be the commander of all artillery in the province. Governor Sir Guy Carleton put him in charge of the shipyard at St. John's where, along with Captain Sir Charles Douglas, he supervised the building of the small fleet of ships that fought the Americans under Benedict Arnold at the Battle of Valcour Island.
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04/24/1781-William Phillips and Benedict Arnold launch attack on Petersburg, Virginia
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