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Near Newark in New Castle County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

American Position

Battle of Cooch's Bridge

 
 
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By Beverly Pfingsten, December 27, 2008
1. American Position Marker
Inscription.  On September 3, 1777, an American Light Infantry Corps composed of Continental soldiers from New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, with militia from Pennsylvania and Delaware, was stationed west of Christina Creek between Aikentown (Glasgow) and nearby Cooch's Bridge. Intended as an advance force with orders to give the British "as much trouble as you possibly can," they were met by Hessian and British troops moving forward on present-day Old Cooch's Bridge Road. Led by Brigadier General William Maxwell, the American marksmen battled enemy forces in a short but hard-fought engagement. Eventually outnumbered and facing artillery, the Americans withdrew towards Christiana after exhausting their ammunition. Maxwell's Corps went on to fight with distinction at the Battle of Brandywine.
 
Erected 2008 by Delaware Public Archives. (Marker Number NC-41.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Delaware Public Archives series list.
 
Location.
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By Bill Coughlin, October 12, 2019
2. American Position Marker
39° 38.462′ N, 75° 43.941′ W. Marker is near Newark, Delaware, in New Castle County. Marker is on Dayett Mills Road south of Old Baltimore Pike, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newark DE 19702, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Delaware's Field of Valor (here, next to this marker); Geology (here, next to this marker); Mason Dixon Line & the Boundaries of Delaware (here, next to this marker); Milling in Pencader Hundred (here, next to this marker); The Philadelphia Campaign (here, next to this marker); Enjoy the Pencader Area Today (here, next to this marker); Your Gateway to Pencader Heritage (here, next to this marker); The Battle of Cooch’s Bridge (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newark.
 
American Position Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 12, 2019
3. American Position Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 28, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,003 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on September 26, 2020, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on December 28, 2008, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2, 3. submitted on October 12, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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