A Revolutionary Pilgrimage: Being an Account of a Series of Visits to Battlegrounds & Other Places Made Memorable by the War of the Revolution

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ROUND ABOUT PHILADELPHIA

I
CHADD'S FORD AND THE BRANDYWINE

OUR next visits will be paid to the historic localities in the vicinity of Philadelphia, whither the seat of war now shifted.

During the early half of 1777 Washington, as we have seen, had been able to free New Jersey from British forces and, as the summer ended, he was intently watching the movements of General Howe in New York. There lay the difficult problem. Would the British commander-in-chief ascend the Hudson to attempt to join Burgoyne or would he move south upon Philadelphia?

This city--the capital of the colonies--had been menaced once before just prior to the battle of Trenton and now, after a period of doubt, Howe decided to attack it again, as, to use his own words, the capture of Philadelphia seemed "the surest road to peace and the defeat of the regular rebel army."

So he embarked an imposing expedition early in July, and set sail from Sandy Hook on the 23d of that month, arriving off Cape Henlopen on the 30th. His intention had been to ascend Delaware Bay and disembark his army somewhere near Wilmington, but he found that

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A Revolutionary Pilgrimage: Being an Account of a Series of Visits to Battlegrounds & Other Places Made Memorable by the War of the Revolution
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • List of Illustrations xi
  • Introductory 1
  • Introductory 3
  • Around Boston 7
  • I - The Beginning 9
  • II - Lexington and Concord 17
  • III - Bunker Hill 39
  • Ticonderoga and Lake Champlain 49
  • To the Plains of Saratoga 67
  • I - Ticonderoga to Fort Edward 69
  • II - The Green Mountains 76
  • III - The Mohawk Valley 87
  • IV - Saratoga 101
  • Down the Hudson 115
  • About New York 145
  • In the Jerseys 173
  • I- Trenton 175
  • II - Princeton 191
  • III - Morristown 204
  • Round About Philadelphia 213
  • I - Chadd's Ford and the Brandywine 215
  • II - Germantown 228
  • III - Valley Forge 236
  • Philadelphia 247
  • Campaigns in the Carolinas 271
  • I - Charleston 273
  • II - Through South Carolina 289
  • III - Guilford Court House 307
  • Through Virginia 315
  • I - Williamsburg 317
  • II- Yorktown 329
  • III - Hampton Roads 341
  • Mount Vernon 345
  • Mount Vernon 347
  • Washington 361
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