I recently came across this Brandywine account from Lt. Carl Wilhelm von Bueltzingsloewen:
“This day was very important for us. Early morning we saw the enemy on astounding heights and in defenses on Brandywine Hill. As we came closer their cannons dueled alternately with ours. The forward regiments found themselves in an astoundingly long-lasting fire. When we all moved aside to the right they began to retreat unaware that General Cornwallis had secured the passes [fords] some miles behind them with 6,000 men. So they came between two fires which lasted three hours and were so shot-up it was horrible to see the dead and wounded. Darkness ended the hard battle. Although the enemy frantically defended the heights most of them were killed with the bayonet. At 6 PM we had the battle won. The enemy losses on killed, wounded and captured was 3,700 men; six metal [iron] 6-pounder cannons were captured, including two Hessians from Trenton which had been rebored to 6-pounders. The remainder were French—2 howitzers, and 2 “fieldsnakes.” Not to mention the heavy iron pieces which we broke up.”
I have started working on my next project and came upon a lengthy letter Thomas Conway wrote to Congressman Charles Carroll on November 17, 1777. The purpose of the letter was to resign his commission over anger. He wanted to be promoted to Major General. However, he includes a self serving account that is not entirely accurate when compared with other primary sources of his service in the Philadelphia campaign. That said, I thought I would post some if it for those of you that might be interested in what he had to say.
“…At the Short Hills I was first ready, and first attacked, drew up in battle, stopped the enemy, and made my retreat without running, and without losing a single prisoner. The other brigade has been attacked an hour after mine, and I think I had given it full time to make a retreat. At Brandywine my brigade remained the last upon the ground, and though I had been abandoned pretty early by the brigades of the right and left, my brigade continued fighting until it was flanked on both sides by the enemy. That same brigade was the first or rather the only brigade that rallied to oppose the enemy’s pursuit, when for want of ammunition it was ordered to be relieved at the close of the evening by a French brigade which had not yet been engaged. At Germantown, with little better than four hundred men, I began the attack, and was fighting three quarters of an hour before any individual came to support me…It was for want of knowledge and practice in forming the lines that Brandywine was partly lost. I can assign many other reasons for the loss of that battle. It was for want of forming the line and of maneuvering that we miscarried at Germantown, our left wing composed of the largest part of our army, having lost near an hour in an useless countermarch, as it appears by the several testimonies given at a court martial now sitting, of which I am a member…”
I recently did an interview for the American Revolution Podcast.
I thought some of you might want to check it out.
Here is the link:
I will be speaking virtually at 6pm for the Paoli Battlefield in Malvern, PA about my new Germantown book.
I will be taking part in a discussion about the 1777 campaign in https://www.historyauthortalks.com/
I will be speaking at a conference in Williamsburg, VA. Time TBD.
April 15: 7pm
I will be speaking virtually on the Battle of Germantown for Chambersburg Civil War Seminars.
April 29-May 2:
I will participating and leading a four day conference/bus tour of the 1777 Philadelphia Campaign based out of the Valley Forge area. This is the same conference that was supposed to happen in 2020 but was cancelled and rescheduled due to the coronavirus. More details to come.
May 22: Time TBD,
I will be speaking at the Emerging Revolutionary War Symposium in Alexandria, VA.
I recently assisted the folks at Pottsgrove Manor with a video and history of the Continental Army’s encampment at “Camp Pottsgrove.” I thought some of you might like to see the video:
My shipment of my new Germantown books arrived today. They look great! I have them before Amazon, so please let me know if you would like to purchase a personalized signed copy direct from me!
October 4: 7pm: I will be taking part virtually in a roundtable discussion on the Battle of Germantown for Emerging Revolutionary War.
October 7: 7pm: I will be speaking virtually on the Battle of Germantown for George Washington American Revolution Roundtable out of Washington, DC.
November 9: I will be speaking virtually at 6pm for the Paoli Battlefield in Malvern, PA about my new Germantown book.
April 29-May 2: I will participating and leading a four day conference/bus tour of the 1777 Philadelphia Campaign based out of the Valley Forge area. This is the same conference that was supposed to happen in 2020 but was cancelled and rescheduled due to the coronavirus. More details to come.
May 22: Time TBD, I will be speaking at the Emerging Revolutionary War Symposium in Alexandria, VA.
Well, thanks to COVID I have been unable to make public appearances for several months. So, I want to let you all know that I have copies of all the books I have been involved with (or soon will) if you would like to order a signed copy direct from me.
My Brandywine book is available for $23 plus shipping/handling.
A new book is just being released called The 10 Key Campaigns of the Revolution. I wrote the chapter on the 1777 Philadelphia campaign for this book. It is available for $30 plus shipping/handling.
Lastly, my new Germantown book is currently being printed and I should have copies available in the next couple of weeks. It will be available for $35 plus shipping/handling.
So, again, if you would like to get a singed copy of any of these directly from me, contact me via email. email@example.com
I just got back from a vacation to the Shenandoah Valley. While most of my trip had nothing to do with the American Revolution, I did make a point of visiting two site associated with the Philadelphia Campaign of 1777.
I stopped in Martinsburg, West Virginia and visited the grave of Adam Stephen and his home which is open for tours on the weekends. As many of you know, Stephen was court martialed for his conduct at Germantown and thrown out of the army. His grave is not where the house is though, you will need to drive to another part of time to where it is located adjacent to the high school grounds. Stephen was the founder of Martinsburg and one thing I learned from the tour is that Stephen was not married and that his children were illegitimate. Here are some photos of his grave and house I took.
I also made a point of visiting Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, Virginia where Daniel Morgan is buried. I also drove further into town to find his house which is marked. However, it is a private home and not available for tours and kinds of hidden by a hedge. Here are couple of images of his grave I took.