Thursday, September 11, 2008


This Day in the History of the British Defeating Americans

On this day in 1777, at the Battle of Brandywine, a British force under General Howe and only slightly larger than the colonials they faced, beat the snot out of George Washington's troops and walked into Philadelphia unopposed a few weeks later. Had Howe been just a little more aggressive earlier on, when our right flank was fully exposed, he could have destroyed Washington's Army. We were lucky to leave the field intact. Not a good day for us even in earlier history.


You might remember this one:

The Blacksmith of Brandywine
I didn't. Good song, but it tends to mask the reality with an individual tale of sacrifice/heroism. I don't think most Americans know how close we were to utter defeat and disaster nearly all of the six years of fighting.
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