The Battle Of Brandywine

The Battle of Brandywine: Part 1 of 10 The British… Many of the 15,000 British troops spent the night in Kennett Square — population 2,000 — unwinding and carousing, while a battle loomed. General Howe’s flanking strategy was devised two days earlier: While General Knyphausen attacked at Chadd’s Ford, as Washington expected, Cornwallis would stealthily move north, cross the Brandywine, and flank Washington’s right. [Map and a fuller explanation] The Americans… By the night of September 10th, the American troops were extended along a six-mile line covering the east side of the Brandywine Creek. Washington knew that the British army would have to ford the Brandywine if they were to get to their target — Philadelphia. He discounted the possibility of being flanked, assuming that Howe would rely upon his his greater troop strength and superior artillery to press a direct attack. Washington believed that the British would have to ford the …

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