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Saturday, 2 December 2017

88 Acres at the Brandywine Battlefield

88 Acres at the Brandywine Battlefield

On September 11, 1777, the largest land battle of the American Revolution raged across Pennsylvania’s Brandywine River valley. General George Washington faced one of his fiercest foes in Britain’s General Sir William Howe. He was joined by several of the Revolution’s most notable figures, including Major General Nathanael Greene and the Marquis de Lafayette.

On the heels of Campaign 1776’s landmark effort to preserve the 10.4-acre Dilworth Farm property at Brandywine, we now have another exciting opportunity to preserve 88 acres of the Brandywine Battlefield at a place called Osborne Hill.

Nearly 30,000 troops fought tooth and nail during the 11-hour conflict at Brandywine, covering more than ten square miles. During that hot, late-summer September day, the Americans were outnumbered nearly two to one. The British launched a flanking movement from Osborne Hill the very land we are now seeking to preserve catching General Washington by surprise. Historians tell us that it is likely that British General Lord Charles Cornwallis observed the fighting from this exact spot.

Although Brandywine was ultimately an American defeat, the dogged determination displayed by the Continental Army rendered it a tremendously significant moment in our nation’s founding. In the words of historian John Reed, “Though Brandywine was militarily an American defeat, it had stunned Howe by its fierceness and gave the Americans spirit. American troops had proved that they could stand against British regulars in open fight.”

Today, it is my hope and would be my honor to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in the defense of Brandywine once again.

Campaign 1776
The Civil War Trust