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Unloading the ships proved to be a logistical problem because the narrow river neck was shallow and muddy. General George Washington had situated the American forces, about 20,strong, between Head of Elk and Philadelphia.
Because of the delay disembarking from the ships, Howe did not set up a typical camp but quickly moved forward with the troops. As a result, Washington was not able to accurately gauge the strength of the opposing forces.
This site was important as it was the most direct passage across the Brandywine River on the road from Baltimore to Philadelphia. Washington was confident that the area was secure. The British grouped forces at nearby Kennett Square. He instead employed a flanking maneuversimilar to that used in the Battle of Long Island.
The remainder of Howe's troops, about 9, men, under the command of Charles, Lord Cornwallismarched north to Trimble's Ford across the West Branch of the Brandywine Creek, then east to Jefferies Ford across the East Branch two fords that Washington had overlookedand then south to flank the American forces.
Map of the Brandywine battlefield engraving The Battle of Brandywine, September 11, September 11 began with a heavy fog, which provided cover for the British troops. Washington received contradictory reports about the British troop movements and continued to believe that the main force was moving to attack at Chadds Ford.
Knyphausen's Column At 5: The first shots of the battle took place about 4 miles west of Chadds Ford, at Welch's Tavern. Elements of Maxwell's continental light infantry skirmished with the British vanguard primarily the Queen's Rangers — a battalion of loyalists.
The British continued to advance and encountered a greater force of continentals behind the stone walls on the Old Kennett Meetinghouse grounds. The battle was fought at mid-morning around the meeting house while the pacifist Quakers continued to hold their midweek service.
One of the Quakers later wrote, "While there was much noise and confusion without, all was quiet and peaceful within.
Eventually the British pushed the Americans back but not before suffering heavy losses. Local loyalist sources had provided Howe with knowledge of two unguarded fords, above the forks of the Brandywine.
The 17 mile flank march took approximately 9 hours to complete. Having received intelligence from Colonel Bland's scouts, Washington ordered Sullivan to take overall command of Stirling and Stephen's divisions in addition to his own and quickly march North to meet the British flank attack.
As they were forming their lines north of Dilworth, Howe launched his attack. Having taken overall command of the right-wing of the army, Sullivan left his division to confer with the other generals.
His own division he left under the command of Preudhomme de Borre, with orders to shift to the right in order to link up with Stirling and Stephen's divisions from left to right the divisions were arranged as Sullivan, Stirling, Stephen.
As the British lines advanced the Hessian Jaegers threatened to flank the American right forcing Stephen and Stirling to shift right.
Howe was slow to attack, which bought time for the Americans to position some of their men on high ground near Birmingham Meetinghouseabout a mile 1. The British Brigade of Guards caught de Borre by surprise on the American left, before de Borre had time to fully form, and immediately sent them in to disarray, causing the entire division to rout.
Initially, Stephen's and Stirling's divisions held firm, aided by a battery of artillery on a knoll between their divisions. However, the British light infantry battalions, aided by the Jaegers, eventually caused Stephen's division to fall back.
A bayonet charge by the British grenadier battalions, in the center, similarly forced Stirling to retreat. Lafayette had only just arrived, joining Stirling's division, when he received a wound while trying to rally the retreating troops.
Washington conferred with Greene and Knox, the latter of whom was head of artillery, in the yard of the William Brinton house. It was determined that Knox would deploy artillery to slow the British advance.
Greene's reinforcements, combined with the remnants of Sullivan's, Stephen's, and Stirling's divisions, formed south of Dilworth and stopped the pursuing British for nearly an hour, letting the rest of the army retreat. When darkness fell, Greene's division finally began the march to Chester along with the rest of the army.
The British army was not able to pursue due to the onset of night. The Americans were also forced to leave behind many of their cannons on Meeting House Hill because almost all of their artillery horses were killed. Knyphausen's final attack[ edit ] Location of Stirling's Division on the ridge i.
Birmingham Hill just west of Birmingham road looking west. The British Grenadier battalions attacked from right to left, ultimately forcing Stirling to fall back with a bayonet charge. Upon hearing the attack of Cornwallis's column, Knyphausen launched an attack against the weakened American center across Chadds Ford, breaking through the divisions commanded by Wayne and William Maxwell and forcing them to retreat and leave behind most of their cannon.
Armstrong's militia, never engaged in the fighting, also decided to retreat from their positions. Further north, Greene sent Brigadier General George Weedon 's troops to cover the road just outside the town of Dilworth to hold off the British long enough for the rest of the Continental Army to retreat.
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