Germantown

ebook A Military History of the Battle for Philadelphia, October 4, 1777

By Michael C. Harris

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The award–winning author of Brandywine examines a pivotal but overlooked battle of the American Revolution's Philadelphia Campaign.
Today, Germantown is a busy Philadelphia neighborhood. On October 4, 1777, it was a small village on the outskirts of the colonial capital—and the site of one of the American Revolution's largest battles. Now Michael C. Harris sheds new light on this important action with a captivating historical study.
After defeating Washington's rebel army in the Battle of Brandywine, General Sir William Howe took Philadelphia. But Washington soon returned, launching a surprise attack on the British garrison at Germantown. The recapture of the colonial capital seemed within Washington's grasp until poor decisions by the American high command led to a clear British victory.
With original archival research and a deep knowledge of the terrain, Harris merges the strategic, political, and tactical history of this complex operation into a single compelling account. Complete with original maps, illustrations, and modern photos, and told largely through the words of those who fought there, Germantown is a major contribution to American Revolutionary studies.

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