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The Battle of Brandywine

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The Battle of Brandywine In the first year of the American Revolution, the defense of Philadelphia, the capital, became the focus of British attacks. As they progressed to their goal, the British and American forces met in many battles that hardly slowed the British advancement. One battle stood in the way of their goal-the Battle of Brandywine. This battle possessed the opportunity to defend Philadelphia and stopping the British advancement at least for a short time. The American loss at Brandywine was due to the British executing a number of the essential premises of war better than the American troops. In the Battle of Brandywine, the British used the element of surprise and outmaneuvered George Washington’s plan and was the reason why Philadelphia was overrun by the British. In the defense of Philadelphia, the capital, George Washington selected Chadds Ford as the location for the battle. He liked the tactical advantage the high ground offered his troops and was confident the British Army could be stopped. Washington centralized his troops at Chadds Ford and other fords around the area. The British commander, General Sir William Howe, recognized Washington’s goal of defending the other fords and Chadds Ford. In response, General Howe sent a small section of his army with instructions to make it appear as if they would meet the American troops at Chadds Ford. In the meantime, the rest of the army marched to a ford that was not being protected and flanked Washington’s men to the south. On September 11, 1777, the battle occurred. Between the fog and reports from reconnaissance teams that varied greatly, Washington was confused as to the location and size of the enemy troops. He sincerely believed that all of Howe’s troops would attack from Chadds Creek. The British’s main element seized the high ground and…...

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