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George Washington
General George Washington Hastily Maneuvers to Prevent the American Capital of Philadelphia From Falling into British Hands He orders one of his senior generals - Alexander McDougall - to come to his aid with all dispatch
22/09/1777. Washington asks for McDougall’s fidelity to prompt action and the cause: “I shall not add more, than to urge your unremitted diligence to join me, as early as possible assuring you, that your aid is extremely wanted and cannot arrive too soon.”In August 1777, General William Howe and his army of British regulars and Hessian mercenaries departed Sandy Hook in northern New Jersey, traveling south by sea. Howe’s goal: nothing less than the taking of the American capital of Philadelphia. Howe hoped that by seizing Philadelphia, he would rally the Loyalists in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, discourage the rebels by capturing their capital, and bring the war to a speedy conclusion. Howe’s force of some 16,000 British regulars landed at Head of Elk, Maryland on August 25, 1777. Marching north toward Philadelphia, the British Army brushed aside American light forces in a few skirmishes.General George Washington determined to offer battle and prevent the British from gaining their object. The Brandywine Creek and its surrounding countryside, consisting of thick forests, rolling hills, and treacherous ravines, made a formidable obstacle for the British advance on Philadelphia. So Washington organized his army’s defense around Chadds Ford, the primary crossing of the Brandywine. Anticipating the heart of the British attack to focus on his center and the crossing at Chadds Ford, Washington deployed his most experienced units at the center: one division under the command of General Nathanael Greene, with the bulk of the army’s artillery; and another under the com … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: The Raab Collection [United States]
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