Becoming Valley Forge — The Battle of Germantown, October 4, 1777

battle-germantown-chew-mansionWith the British marching into Philadelphia on September 23, 1777, General George Washington looked for an opportunity to attack and turn back the redcoats.  Washington learned that British General William Howe had moved about 9000 redcoats to an outlying town called Germantown, which is now part of the City of Philadelphia.  On this date in 1777, General George Washington and about 11,000 members of the Continental Army boldly attacked Howe’s encampment at Germantown.   While fog and inexperience hampered the Continental Army, they attacked the redcoats with passion.  Gen. Anthony Wayne’s troops were especially passionate because they saw this battle as an opportunity to take revenge on the British for the Paoli Massacre of September 20-21.  Cries of “Remember Paoli” and “Avenge Wayne’s Affair” rang out.  There was a vicious battle at the Benjamin Chew mansion called Cliveden House.  The patriots sustained more casualties than the British (152 patriots killed to 71 redcoats, 521 patriots wounded to 71 redcoats) and had to retreat, but the young army’s bravery in this battle was one reason that the French decided to lend more support to the Continental Army.  Every year, this battle is reenacted at the site of the Cliveden House, Germantown Avenue and Cliveden Street in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa.


Cliveden House website, page on the Battle of Germantown

Battle of Germantown Reenactment Page

PA Historical and Museum Society page on Battle of Germantown

The horror of the Paoli Massacre, 9/21/1777 & commemorating it 9/24/2016 at the site

imageOn this day in 1777, around midnight, British General Lord Grey and his troops performed a barbaric attack on Paoli’s General Anthony Wayne and his troops as the patriots waited in a Paoli farm hoping to ambush the British who were camped in nearby Tredyffrin. Using only their bayonets, 53 patriots were killed and over 100 wounded.  Local residents were horrified as they surveyed the battlefield, which included some of their home town boys who were serving in Gen. Wayne’s regiments. The patriots remembered this horrible night with cries of “Remember Paoli!” In future battles. The Paoli Battlefield site and historical markets are in today’s Malvern, where a battle reenactment occurs annually. Also called “Wayne’s Affair”, Gen. Wayne asked for a court martial hearing to clear his name from charges that he failed to heed warnings about the nighttime Redcoat attack. His name was cleared.

Join me as we commemorate the Battle of Paoli/Paoli Massacre on Sat. 9/24, 11am – 4pm, Paoli Battlefield Historical Park, 1st &Wayne Aves., Malvern, PA.  The sponsor, Paoli Battlefield Historical Heritage Society says of the event:  “Join us on Saturday, September 24th 2016 as we present our 4th annual Paoli Battlefield Heritage Day, featuring our Military Timeline starting at the French and Indian War and going through to present day.  With the help of our friends from Historical Military Impressions and the PA National Guard see re-enactors from the French and Indian War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, The Civil War, The Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, and today’s conflicts in camps and displaying the dress and items they carried into battle.  Interact with the soldiers, see the weapons they used and learn about the clothing and other gear that these soldiers needed to outfit themselves on the battlefield.  Live firing exercises will take place throughout the day, as well as many other programs.”  See the full page of events here.

Johhnys_artwork2 095See you Saturday.  Remember Paoli!

Peace.  Sheilah

The Philadelphia Campaign and Becoming Valley Forge Begins–The Battle of Brandywine, 9/11/1777

September 11, 1777 was the start of that period of the Revolutionary War called The Philadelphia Campaign.  That was the date of the Battle of Brandywine, the first major engagement of the patriots…

Source: The Philadelphia Campaign and Becoming Valley Forge Begins–The Battle of Brandywine, 9/11/1777

Act Now–The Elevator Group $10 Book Sale Extended Through Labor Day

Girl readingLast chance to stock up on your summer reading with The Elevator Group’s $10 per book Summer Book Sale, now extended through Labor Day, September 5!  Click here to purchase direct from The Elevator Group at

All of our award-winning and  best-selling books are now on sale through Labor Day, September 5, 2016.

Act now because prices go back up on September 6!

Enjoy and happy reading!

“The perfect beach read…” — Main Line Today Magazine

Becoming Valley Forge 9780982494592Catching up on a great review   for my novel Becoming Valley Forge in  July’s Main Line Today magazine.    “This exacting work of historical fiction from Paoli’s Sheilah Vance explores the lives of ordinary men and women—a former slave, a farmer, Army volunteers—as revolution engulfs the region. The perfect beach read for a patriotic month.”  Thank you Lisa Dukart!

Check out the novel on Amazon or for $10 direct from the summer book sale at The Elevator Group.

Happy beach reading!

The Elevator Group $10 Summer Book Sale

Girl reading

Stock up on your summer reading with The Elevator Group’s $10 per book Summer Book Sale from now through September 1.  Click here to purchase direct from The Elevator Group at

All of our award-winning and  best-selling books are on sale through September 1, 2016.

Enjoy and happy reading!

Get great Amazon Prime Day Deals today 7/12

I love Amazon.  They transformed publishing so that self-published authors and independent publishers like me could compete with the big five New York publishers.  Amazon didn’t stigmatize or separate people who self-published, like I did with my first novel, Chasing the 400.  Amazon made it possible for me to even think about then becoming an independent publisher with a means to get my books to the masses through their website.  And, Amazon has given authors and publishers like me great platforms to reach our audiences, like the Author Page.

When Amazon stock went on sale, I bought some as a way to support the company that supported me.  I still own Amazon stock, and I always will, no matter what its ups and downs.  I support my friends, and that’s what I consider Amazon to be.

Today is Amazon Prime Day where all kinds of great products sold on Amazon are on sale at deep discounts.  You have to be an Amazon Prime member to participate, and, if you’re not yet, you can sign up for a 30 day free trial by clicking on the link below.  There’s also links below for some of the great deals of the lowest price ever of $33.33 for a Kindle Fire, $50 off Amazon Echo, $80 off Fire HD10,  and $30 off Kindle Paperwhite.

So, if you’re so inclined–support Amazon.  They’ve changed retailing and, as an author and publisher, they changed my life.

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Peace and happy shopping–Sheilah.