Winner of the American Revolution Round Table of Richmond Book Award--"An impressive interpretation of the battle" (Arthur S. Lefkowitz, author of Benedict Arnold's Army).
Long overshadowed by the stunning American victory at Saratoga, the complex British campaign that defeated George Washington's colonial army and led to the capture of the capital city of Philadelphia was one of the most important military events of the war. Michael C. Harris's impressive Brandywine
is the first full-length study of this pivotal engagement in many years.
Though the bitter fighting around Brandywine Creek drove the Americans from the field, their heroic defensive stand saved Washington's army from destruction and proved that the nascent Continental foot soldiers could stand toe-to-toe with their foe. Although more combat would follow, Philadelphia fell to Gen. Sir William Howe's British legions on September 26, 1777.
is the first complete study to merge the strategic, political, and tactical history of this complex operation and important set-piece battle into a single compelling account. More than a decade in the making, his sweeping prose relies almost exclusively upon original archival research and his personal knowledge of the terrain. Enhanced with original maps, illustrations, and modern photos, and told largely through the words of those who fought there, Brandywine
will take its place as one of the most important military studies of the American Revolution ever written.
"Take[s] the reader into the fields and along the front-lines . . . A first-rate military history that has a deserving spot on any student's bookshelf of the American Revolution." --Emerging Revolutionary War Era