Yesterday, I led another successful tour of the Brandywine Battlefield. There were seven people that came along. Despite poor weather conditions, muddy paths, and snow-covered parking areas, we persisted and overcame for a great tour.
My next battlefield tour will take place on Saturday, May 20th at 9am. This will be a 4 hour carpool driving tour of the 10 square mile Brandywine battlefield led by me. The cost will be $35 (which would include a signed copy of my book) or $25 without a book. A minimum of four people will need to sign up for the tour to happen. Please register by May 13th. Contact me direct to register or if you have any questions. firstname.lastname@example.org
I have recently come across a letter written by Sgt. Charles Talbot of the 6th Virginia Regiment. It was written on October 10, 1777 and describes both the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. It is not overly detailed and does add materially to our understanding of the battle, but here is what he has to say about Brandywine:
“On 11th Sept. 8 O’clock in the Morning our army having got a Head of the Enemy on their Cours to Philadelphia they attacted our Lines we not being unawared of them with [illegible]. Never saw men with Higher spirits when the firing began on the outguard our troops farly Liped for Joy the firing Ensued on both side very hot, and so continued during the whole day the cannon as well as small arms, & so continued till about Two Hours by sun when the Cannon in a Measure Ceased & the fire of the Small arms began in a most Surprising manner so that it was as one Constant Roll of a Drum till after Sundown. The dark coming on our aarmy being Some in confusion we were [illegible] at Chester which was about [13 miles]. The Enemy pursued us not at all so that we lost none by Retreat.”
March 24: 7pm I will be speaking at the American Revolution Museum in Yorktown, VA. I will also be doing a book signing from 2:30-3:30.
March 29: 7pm I will be speaking at the Chadds Ford Historical Society in Chadds Ford, PA.
May 6: 9am I will be speaking at the “Americans at War” conference in Breinigsville, PA.
June 29: 5:30-8pm I will be selling and signing books at Historic Trimbleville outside West Chester, PA.
September 16: 10am-4pm I will be speaking and selling books at the Brandywine Reenactment at Sandy Hollow Park.
September 17: 10am-3pm I will be speaking and selling books at the Brandywine Reenactment at Sandy Hollow Park.
Yesterday, I led another successful tour of the Brandywine Battlefield. There were twelve people that came along. It was great day with the leaves down providing much better view sheds of the battlefield. People are already asking me when the next tour will be. To avoid winter weather, my next public tour will be in March.
My next battlefield tour will take place on Saturday, March 18th at 9am. This will be a 4 hour carpool driving tour of the 10 square mile Brandywine battlefield led by me. The cost will be $35 (which would include a signed copy of my book) or $25 without a book. A minimum of four people will need to sign up for the tour to happen. Please register by March 11th. This is a great time of year to take the tour since the leaves will still be down and the views will be better. Contact me direct to register or if you have any questions. email@example.com
I have found another one. Today I came across this short account of Brandywine by Col. William Harcourt of the 16th Light Dragoons:
“The manoeuvre in order to turn the right flank of Mr. Washington’s Army, strongly posted upon the heights of the River Brandy Wine, would have done credit to any General; and the action which followed must have been decisive had we been fortunate enough to have had a few more hours of daylight. The immediate consequences of this Victory were the capture of 11 pieces of Artillery, with between 4 and 500 prisoners.”
I am seeking some help from my followers. A couple of months ago, I acquired scans of several Hessian documents (mostly Wilhelm von Knyphausen’s) from the Hessian archives in Marburg, Germany. Unfortunately, I cannot read German. To date, I have been unable to find anyone that can help me. So, I am seeking someone that can read 18th century German handwriting to help me get these documents translated. If you or someone you know might be willing to help me out, please contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org
James Monroe, the future president, served as a lieutenant and an aide-de-camp to Lord Stirling during the Philadelphia Campaign and was present at Brandywine. I just came across a copy of his autobiography written in the latter years of his life. While his memory clouds some details of the battle, I thought you might enjoy reading his account of Brandywine:
“The two armies approached within sight at Shadford, and occupying the opposite heights, annoyed each other by heavy discharge of cannon and light detached parties who skirmished in the valley between them. Intelligence was given to General Washington by Major Jameson of the cavalry, who commanded a reconnoitering party on the approach side, that a large column of the enemy was moving, under Lord Cornwallis, from the rear of General Howe’s army up the river with intention to pass it above him and to fall on his right by surprise. General Washington immediately detached two division of his army, under Generals Sullivan and Lord Stirling, to meet this column, who took a position near Birmingham meeting house, where the action commenced and was maintained on both sides with great gallantry nearly an hour. The enemy at length succeeded, and in consequence three divisions retired, but in tolerable order. The pursuit was slow, and General Washington having drawn a portion of his other force to that quarter, checked the enemy and covered the retreat without sustaining other loss than of the gallant men who had fallen in the action. In this action, General LaFayette, who stood by the side of Lord Stirling, received a severe wound in the leg and was taken from the field. Many others of Mr. Monroe’s personal friends and of the Third Virginia Regiment were wounded and some of the killed in that action. Among the wounded were Colonel Thomas Marshall, the father of the present Chief Justice, and Lieutenant John Francis Mercer, with whom he had become acquainted and intimately connected at William and Mary College, having lodged and studied together in the same rooms and entered with him at the same time as a cadet in that regiment.”