The Battlefield of Brandywine.

Engraving, c.1850.
Image size 4 7/16 x 6" (11.2 x 15.3 cm).
Good condition, minor discoloration in the margins. Modern handcolor.
LOCATION: New York City

Inventory Number: 98575
Price: $85.00
Publisher :
Engraved expressly for Graham's Magazine. Drawn by Doughty. Engraved by James Smillie.

A National Historical Landmark, the Battle of Brandywine was fought on September 11, 1777, during the American Revolutionary War. General George Washington and the Continental Army was pitted against the British forces, led by General William Howe. It was a desperate attempt to prevent the British from marching on Philadelphia, the U.S. capital during the war. Washington likely knew the odds were stacked against him, but prior victories urged him forward. Had Howe been more aggressive, he likely could have overtaken Washington's forces and inflicted a devastating blow on the rebellion - Washington made a critical tactical error that resulted in his flank being left open. Upon learning of this mistake and Howe's approach, Washington issued orders for his men to cross Brandywine Creek. Fortunately, Howe's men arrived much sooner than Washington anticipated, before they could follow through with orders, and the Continental Army was able to make a hasty retreat, rather than being wiped out due their forces being divided.

Although the battle was a defeat for the Americans, it slowed Howe's progress. The Continental Congress was able to flee to York, Pennsylvania, before they arrived and claimed Philadelphia on September 26, 1777. The city would remain under British control until June 18, 1778, when France's entry into the war forced the British to consolidate their forces.
18th-19th Century Subjects , Town Views - United States , Pennsylvania