Book Review: Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777 by Michael C. Harris (Savas Beatie, 2014). Although the American army was forced to retreat after the Battle of Brandywine, the defeat did not demoralize the men. The campaign began when British forces, led by General Sir William Howe departed New York City and sailed up the Chesapeake Bay. One of the largest battles of the conflict, Brandywine saw General George Washington attempt to defend the American capital at Philadelphia. Author Harris was a former Brandywine Battlefield Museum educator and battlefield guide who quickly became frustrated with a lack of ready sources with which to explain this important battle. September 26, 1777: The Result: The British Take Philadelphia.
Brandywine Battlefield: Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site. Brandywine order of battle explained.
The Battle of Brandywine was fought September 11, 1777, during the American Revolution (1775-1783). At the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777 a colonial American army led by General George Washington fought a British-Hessian army commanded by General William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe.Washington drew up his troops in a defensive position behind Brandywine Creek.Howe sent Lieutenant General Wilhelm von Knyphausen's 5,000 troops to … During the spring of 1777, Washington assembled elements of the newly formed, but seriously under-strength and untested, eighty-eight-battalion Continental Army in the Hudson River Valley for the 1777 campaign season. Washington drew up his troops in a defensive position behind Brandywine Creek. Taking up positions along Brandywine Creek, Washington mistakenly believed that his army blocked all fords across the Brandywine. Order of Battle and Brandywine Summary. Many of the 15,000 British troops spent the night in Kennett Square — population 2,000 — unwinding and carousing, while a battle loomed.
Washington assigned the new 9 th Pennsylvania Regiment to Brig. This battle appears in the British Grenadier Scenario Book #1 and can be played as two separate scenarios – Knyphausen’s frontal assault against Washington’s army across the Brandywine river, or the flank-attack by Cornwallis’ Elite Corps against Washington’s right flank at the hamlet of Birmingham.
At the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777 a colonial American army led by General George Washington fought a British-Hessian army commanded by General William Howe, 5th Viscount Howe. Opposing Washington was Sir William Howe and an army of 15,500 British Regulars and Hessian troops.