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Battle of Germantown

 
 
Battle of Germantown Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., June 30, 2009
1. Battle of Germantown Marker
Inscription. The Battle of Germantown occurred at Cliveden, the country home of Pa. Chief Justice Benjamin Chew, on Oct. 4, 1777. A British regiment occupied Cliveden and defended it from full assault by the colonials. Over 70 soldiers died on these grounds. Although it was an American defeat, Washington’s bold strategy helped to win French aid for the cause of independence.
 
Erected 1996 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 2.795′ N, 75° 10.945′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on Germantown Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in front of Cliveden, the Chew House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19144, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The American Side of the Street (within shouting distance of this marker); The Delaware Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker); Upsala (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary War Witness Tree (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cliveden
Battle of Germantown Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
2. Battle of Germantown Marker
(about 600 feet away); Soldiers of the War of 1812 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Revolutionary Soldiers Buried Here (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Concord School House (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Germantown, October 4, 1777 at Germantown, Pennsylvania. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on October 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. History of Cliveden. Cliveden of the National Trust. A historic Site in Philadelphia. (Submitted on October 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Battle of Germantown - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 

4. The Battle of Germantown 1777. Account of the battle from a British perspective from BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on October 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker on Germantown Ave image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
3. Marker on Germantown Ave
The marker is located on Germantown Avenue, in front of the historic Chew House.
Cliveden image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
4. Cliveden
British troops posted in this house held off Washington's attacking army for several hours on October 4, 1777. The Americans were forced to retreat after the arrival of British reinforcements from Philadelphia.
Battle Damage on Chew House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
5. Battle Damage on Chew House
The northwest corner of the Chew House still bears the damage done by American musket and cannon fire, as can be seen in the photo.
Marker in Cliveden Visitor Center image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
6. Marker in Cliveden Visitor Center
Chew House “Cliveden”
has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark
Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
this site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States

U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1962
Battle of Germantown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 5, 2013
7. Battle of Germantown
British and American troops clash at Cliveden during the Battle of Germantown reenactment.
<i>Chew Mansion, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1930
8. Chew Mansion, Germantown, Philadelphia, Pa.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,761 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   8. submitted on . This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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