My next battlefield tour will take place on Saturday, November 12th 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 November 5th. This is a great time of year to take the tour since the leaves will be down and the views will be better. Contact me direct to register or if you have any questions. email@example.com
Yesterday, I led another successful tour of the Brandywine Battlefield. Ten people came along and we had some great insight and some great questions. The tour ran a little long but no one seemed to mind. We had a great mix of people. Three reenactors came from Harrisburg, four members of the American Revolutionary Roundtable of Philadelphia, a man from northern New Jersey came down and was repeat tour taker, and two people who live in the area of the battle came along. I will be doing another tour in November (the last one for this year). Check back later this week for the date and time if you are interested.
September 10: 10am-5pm I will be selling and signing books at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. I will also be giving a lecture at 1:30pm.
September 11: 10am-5pm I will be selling and signing books at the Chadds Ford Historical Society. I will also be giving a lecture at 1:30pm.
September 17: 1pm I will be speaking at the Sigal Museum in Easton, PA.
September 18: 2pm I will be speaking at the Van Horne House in Bridgewater, NJ.
September 24: 1-4pm I will be selling and signing books at Chris Sanderson Museum Event at Thornbury Farm on the Brandywine Battlefield.
November 5: 10am-4pm I will be selling and signing books at Hope Lodge near Fort Washington, PA. I will also be speaking about the Battle of Brandywine at 10:30am.
I recently came across a letter John Armstrong wrote to Captain David Denny of the Chester County militia on November 3, 1777. The letter deals with going back to the battlefields of Brandywine and Paoli and looking for equipment left on those battlefields. What makes this interesting is that nearly two months after those battles, there was still the debris of battle left on those farm fields. Below is my transcription:
Captain David Denny is hereby Authorized to take with him as many of the Militia of Chester County, or others as he Shall think Convenient, and proceed to the neighbourhood of Chads’s Ford on the Brandiwine Gibson’s Ford &c and also to the place & neighbourhood where General Wayne was lately attacked in the night—At each of these places…Captain Denny will make diligent Search for, and Collect into such places as he shall think proper all such publick Stores, Arms, Acoutrements, Kettles, Salt, Blankets—Hydes, Axes &C. &c. As have been left by either Armies…Such of the inhabitants as have taken care of and without reserve shall readily yield up to the said Captain Denny…and shall acquaint him where any such publick Stores are held or Secreted, he will pay at a reasonable rate for their Service—And such as Shall be found defrauding the publick by Secreting, imbezelling or converting to their Own private use or emolument any of the publick Stores whatever may expect to be considered as enemies to their Country and treated accordingly.
A resident of northern Delaware has done an impressive amount of research on the movement of the armies for that part of the campaign. He recently shared with me some of his findings so I thought I would share some of them with you.
The night of September 8, 1777, British camped roughly in the vicinity of Hocekessin, Delaware before crossing the state line into Pennsylvania.
Howe made his headquarters at the home of Daniel Nichols. The structure is no longer standing, but some impressive deed research has located the land where it once stood. The property occupied the space now taken up by the Lantana Shopping Center and part of the housing subdivision known as Hockessin Greene. The Nichols home once stood where the modern subdivision is located.
Knowing the modern location of Howe’s headquarters provides insight into the British camp that night based on the map done by John Andre. The army was stretched out along Limestone Road (modern Route 7) from above Southwood Road (at the Pennsylvania state line) down to Mill Creek, about where Howe’s headquarters was located.
Yesterday, I filmed an interview on the Battle of Brandywine for PCN (Pennsylvania Cable Network). It was for an episode in their Battlefield Pennsylvania series. It is scheduled at air at 6pm on Sunday, August 28th. So, for those of you living in Pennsylvania, tune in a few weeks from now!
Well, I just returned from a week in hot and humid Virginia. Note to all others: choose a time other than the middle of the summer to visit southern Virginia.
That said, the main reason I made the trip south was to speak to the Revolutionary War roundtable of Richmond. I was also there to receive an award from the roundtable. My book is the recipient of the 2015 book award from the Richmond roundtable. Everyone was very kind and I had a chance to chat with fellow authors Mark Lender and Harry Ward.
Since I had to drive to Richmond anyway, my family decided to turn this into our vacation and we spent several days in the Williamsburg area. My 4 year-old son had never been to Williamsburg, so we took him there, Yorktown, and Jamestown. Due to the extreme heat, we limited our adventures to the morning hours followed by the pool back at the hotel.
Nevertheless, we took him to the redoubts at Yorktown, had him run around the reconstructed ships at the Jamestown Settlement and spent three days at Williamsburg where I also did a book signing for their bookstore. While I have been to Williamsburg several times, it was fun to take my son around as he experienced it for the first time. The highlight of the Williamsburg trip for me was the DeWitt Wallace art museum at Williamsburg. They currently have an exhibit on colonial era maps. While looking through the exhibit, I stumbled on something extraordinary. After the battle of Germantown, a medal was struck for the members of the British 40th Regiment of Foot that defended Cliveden. There defense turned out to be the key to the battle. I have seen images of the medal reproduced in several books but have never seen one in person. Well, mixed in amongst the maps and other artifacts were two of the 40th of Foots medals. One side shows the American assault on Cliveden and the other side gives the date for the Battle of Germantown. It was really great to find these in the museum and I spent several minutes looking at them before my son drug me away. If you get a chance to get to Williamsburg while the exhibit is there, I truly recommend stopping by the DeWitt Wallace to see it.