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Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777 by Michael C. Harris is the first full-length study of this pivotal engagement based upon primary source materials and a complete understanding of the battlefield's topography. The campaign pitted Gen. Sir WIlliam Home against Gen. George Washington's army in one of the the largest battles of the war. The bitter fighting on Birmingham Hill drove the Americans from the field, but their heroic defensive stand saved Washington's army and proved the nascent Continental foot soldiers could stand toe-to-toe with their foe.
Brandywine merges the strategic, political, and tactical history of this complex operation and important battle into a single compelling account. Its sweeping prose relies upon original archival research and the author's intimate knowledge of the field. 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.