“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near West Chester in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)


Cornwallis stopped here in 1777

Sconnelltown Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith S Smith, March 29, 2011
1. Sconnelltown Marker
Inscription. Cornwallis’ division of the British Army halted here September 11, 1777, on its march to the Battlefield of Brandywine
Erected 1915 by The Pennsylvania Historical Commission and the Chester and Delaware County Historical Societies.
Location. 39° 56.141′ N, 75° 37.508′ W. Marker is near West Chester, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of Birmingham Road and Squire Drive, on the right when traveling south on Birmingham Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: West Chester PA 19382, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Jefferis Ford (approx. 0.6 miles away); Osborne's Hill (approx. 1.2 miles away); Osborne Hill (approx. 1.3 miles away); Everhart Grove (approx. 1.5 miles away); Birthplace of Isaac Sharpless (approx. 1.5 miles away); Down by the Water’s Edge (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of the Star Tavern (approx. 1.7 miles away); Stroud Preserve (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in West Chester.
More about this marker. This Marker is close to the ground and is one of the original bronze plaques erected by the Pennsylvania Historical Commission
Related markers.
Sconnelltown Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Keith S Smith, March 29, 2011
2. Sconnelltown Marker
Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker.
Also see . . .  Sconnelltown on State History Page. (Submitted on March 29, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
Additional comments.
1. General Howe takes a break
By the time the British Army under General Charles Cornwallis reached Sconnelltown at about 2:30 p.m., on September 11, 1777, they had traveled more than seventeen miles, marching in the full heat of the late summer since 4 a.m. The men were sore and tired. General William Howe allowed the various divisions to reorganize, rest and eat a meal for about an hour, until about 3:30 p.m.

Howe's decision to rest his army raised some eyebrows, and has been the object of second-guessing by historians ever since. The delay near Sconnelltown allowed the Americans, who had been confused by poor intelligence, to regroup and shift their defenses into better position to face the flanking maneuver. Although the British Redcoats still won the battle at Brandywine, some experts speculate that their victory would have been greater if General Howe had arrived there sooner.
    — Submitted December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Categories. Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary
Long gone Oak Tree in Sconnelltown Photo, Click for full size
3. Long gone Oak Tree in Sconnelltown
This image is taken from the book: "Down the Eastern and up the Black Brandywine", by Chester County Lawyer, Wilmer W. MacElree, c. 1912. This book is available free online as a Google Book.
Original marker on the Ancient Sconnelltown Oak Tree Photo, Click for full size
4. Original marker on the Ancient Sconnelltown Oak Tree
From Book: Down the Eastern and Up the Black Brandywine, c. 1912
Sconnelltown - Poem written in 1779 Photo, Click for full size
5. Sconnelltown - Poem written in 1779
From th book: Down the Eastern and up the Black Brandywine, c. 1912
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 654 times since then. Last updated on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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