(1737–1814) Revolutionary patriot and officer in the Continental army, born in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Heath was responsible for the defense of the Hudson Highlands in New York state. Early in the war (1777) he failed to successfully carry out George Washington's command to attack the British at Fort Independence, having his army retreat because of an expected snowstorm. Following this debacle Heath was placed in positions not likely to be involved in battle, though he continued in his Highlands command, headquartered at West Point.
From The Oxford Essential Dictionary of the U.S. Military in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Warfare and Defence.