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

Osborne's Hill

 
 
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By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2011
1. Osborne's Hill Marker
Inscription.  From this ridge General Howe directed the movements of the British Army during the Battle of Brandywine, September 11, 1777.
 
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: Notable EventsNotable PlacesWar, 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 1966.
 
Location. 39° 55.361′ N, 75° 36.532′ W. Marker is in Birmingham Township, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of Birmingham Road and Country Club Drive, on the left when traveling south on Birmingham Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 901 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. Osborne Hill (a few steps from this marker); Birthplace of Isaac Sharpless (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle of Brandywine (approx. one mile away); Sconnelltown
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By Keith S Smith, December 15, 2011
2. Osborne's Hill at top of the stone steps
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(approx. 1.2 miles away); Gen's Lafayette and Pulaski (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Peace Garden at Birmingham (approx. 1.4 miles away); The Friends School at Birmingham Meeting House (approx. 1.4 miles away); Birmingham Friends Meeting House (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham Township.
 
More about this marker. There are stone steps up to this marker. The owner of the property also has a flag next to this marker, and takes great care in maintaining the marker.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. .
 
Also see . . .  Osborne’s Hill – Explore PA History. (Submitted on December 16, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. As seen by Joseph Townsend
A young Chester County resident named Joseph Townsend observed General William Howe's activities on Osborne's Hill on the day of the Battle of Brandywine and recalled his observations in an account published years afterward.

He noted that he saw the chief British commander "mounted on a large English horse," which he remembered as being "much reduced in flesh," after its long voyage from New York and march from the Chesapeake. In fact, many of the British Army's horses had died
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at sea from disease during the extended six-week swing along the Atlantic coast. The young Quaker watched the commander "in consultation" with his principal aides until a "tremendous roaring of cannon" and a "volume of smoke" in the vicinity of Chad's Ford distracted him.
    — Submitted December 16, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

 
Additional keywords. Brandywine, Revolutionary, Colonial, Howe
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 649 times since then and 12 times this year. Last updated on January 9, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. 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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