Near West Chester in Chester County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From this ridge General Howe directed
the movements of the British Army
during the Battle of Brandywine,
September 11, 1777.
The Pennsylvania Historical Commission
and the Chester and Delaware County
Erected 1915 by The Pennsylvania Historical Commission and the Chester and Delaware County Historical Societies.
Location. 39° 55.361′ N, 75° 36.532′ W. Marker is near West Chester, 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 Road, 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. 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 (approx. 1.2 miles away); Gen's Lafayette and Pulaski (approx. 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 West Chester.
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.
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Also see . . . Osborne’s Hill – Explore PA History. (Submitted on December 16, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania.)
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 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
Categories. • Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 16, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 560 times since then and 51 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.