Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Philadelphia Campaign 1777

The 17th participated in the 230th Anniversary of the Battle of Brandywine (Philadelphia Campaign 1777) this past weekend. 

“General Washington, being determined to stop his progress towards Philadelphia, posted a body of militia at Ironhill an eminence about three miles from General Howe’s out posts. He also posted three brigades of Virginians with 6 field pieces at Christian Creek about 8 miles from Wilmington, from each of which they detached a party of 100 light armed men...”
Sergeant William Grant, 8th Virginia Regiment

The 17th Light Dragoons reenforced by the 43d Regiment of Foot
 In 1777, British General William Howe, embarked his army on transports, and landed them at the Head of Elk in the Chesapeake Bay. From there, he advanced northward through Delaware, toward Philadelphia. Washington prepared defenses against Howe's movements at Brandywine Creek, but was flanked and beaten back in the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777. After further skirmishes and maneuvers, Howe was able to enter and occupy Philadelphia.
Photos Courtesy of 2d Virginia Regiment
To commemorate the 235th anniversary of the Philadelphia Campaign, the 2d Virginia Regiment host a Revolutionary War living history event at Brandywine Creek State Park on September 15-16, 2012.
17th Camp
The 4th Company of Foot, Brigade of Guards and the 17th Light Dragoons