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The Battle of Brandywine

          During the 10th-11th of September 1777, the engagement of the Battle of Brandywine occured. The commanding officers of this battle were Howe and Knyphausen, and Greene, Maxwell, and Sullivan. These generals were of the British and Continental armies. The location of this battle was held west of Philadephia, Pennysylvania.

          Howe with 13,000 British and 5000 Hessian troops landed near Head of Elk, Maryland, his goal being to seize Philadelphia. When the British appeared on the American right flank, Washington realized that he had been outmanuvered. He ordered his army to take the high ground around Birmingham Friends Meeting House as a last defense. Unforunately, in confusion caused by the surprise, the Americans were unable to successfully defend their positions.

          Major General Greene estimated American losses at 1,200 men. He also reported the loss of 10 irreplaceable cannons and a Howitzer. A Hessian officer listed the American casualty and captured rate at 4,300. An American officer under Brigadier General Nash.

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