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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GERMANTOWN

AFTER the battle of the Brandywine, Washington retreated beyond the Schuylkill to Germantown; but as soon as his soldiers were somewhat refreshed he recrossed the river and again endeavored to stay Howe's advance upon Philadelphia. On the Lancaster Road, near the Warren Tavern, the two armies again confronted each other, but a sudden September deluge wet their powder and prevented the impending battle. The storm lasted all night and by morning Howe had slipped away toward Swedes' Ford, now Swedeland, opposite Conshohocken, a station we shall pass on the road to Valley Forge.

Washington crossed back by way of Parker's Ford, higher up the river, but again Howe changed his direction, made a feint up the Schuylkill toward Reading, and, when Washington had well started to save his Reading stores, Howe wheeled about, marched rapidly down the river, crossed it at the Fatland Ford, about where Port Kennedy now is, and pushed on to Philadelphia, which he entered on the 26th of September, 1777, having eluded Washington entirely.

Howe stationed his main army in Germantown, sending out detachments to reduce the forts at Billingsport

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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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