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East Bradford Township in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Sconnelltown

Cornwallis stopped here in 1777

 
 
Sconnelltown Marker image. 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.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission series list. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1859.
 
Location. 39° 56.141′ N, 75° 37.508′ W. Marker is in East Bradford Township, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of Birmingham Road and Squire Drive, on the right when traveling south on Birmingham Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 204 Birmingham Rd, West Chester PA 19382, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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. 1½ miles away); Birthplace of Isaac Sharpless
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By Keith S Smith, March 29, 2011
2. Sconnelltown Marker
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(approx. 1½ 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in East Bradford Township.
 
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. 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 commentary.
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
Long gone Oak Tree in Sconnelltown image. 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.
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.
 
Original marker on the Ancient Sconnelltown Oak Tree image. 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 image. 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 was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on March 29, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,003 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on December 2, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 29, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.   3, 4, 5. submitted on December 16, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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