In June 1779, British forces had arrived in Penobscot bay in Maine, and began to set up fortifications in anticipation of establishing a new colony there. Over the course of July and August the Continental army attempted to drive them out, until on August the 12th they launched a naval attack. However, a British relief fleet arrived and attacked the American ships, and the American Navy sustained huge losses as they were driven up the Penobscot River.
British repulse American attack on Penobscot (76 words)
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