During the winter when the Continental Army regrouped at Valley Forge and the British occupied Philadelphia, Pennsylvania militia attempted to control the area in between the two armies.
At the same time, various loyalist groups attempted to assert control, or at least take advantage of weaknesses in patriot defenses. One such group was the Doan Gang, which spied for the British and embarked on a crime wave throughout Bucks County.
Late in the winter, regulars and loyalists under John Graves Simcoe attacked and dispersed the patriot militia, which was encamped at Crooked Billet.
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