Monthly Archives: October 2016

My talk at Historical Society of Ft. Washington, Nov. 15, 7:30 pm

Please join me on Tuesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. as I speak to the Historical Society of Fort WashingtonBecoming Valley Forge 9780982494592 at its headquarters, Clifton House, 473 South Bethlehem Pike, Ft. Washington, PA  19034.

General George Washington and the Continental Army were encamped at Fort Washington and Whitemarsh after the Battle of Germantown on October 4,1777 and up until they marched to Rebel Hill and Gulph Mills on December 12, 1777.  I’ll talk about all of this, including the Battle of Whitemarsh that was fought in the area  on December 5 – 8, 1777.

Of course, I’ll also talk about other highlights of The Philadelphia Campaign as noted in my books, Becoming Valley Forge, and Six Days in December: General George Washington’s and the Continental Army’s Encampment on Rebel Hill, December 13 – 19, 1777.

Hope to see you there.  For more information, see my page at



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