The Conway Cabal 


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Conway Cabal, THE. In 1777 Generals Gates, Mifflin, and Conway plotted to deprive George Washington of the supreme command. They were aided by a strong faction in the Continental Congress which secured the appointment of a new board of war. Without consulting Washington as commander-in-chief, an invasion of Canada was suggested by the board and approved by Congress. Lafayette was chosen to the command, with Conway as his second, but he refused to accept unless DeKalb was made second and Conway third in command. After waiting in Albany three months for the promised men and munitions Lafayette returned to Valley Forge under instructions from Congress to suspend the Canadian expedition. This ended the attempts of the conspirators. Gates and Mifflin disclaimed any other than a patriotic design to advance the true interests of the country, and denied the charge of a desire to displace Washington.



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