For our 2nd Sunday Afternoon conversation, a small, but enthusiastic crowd welcomed author, Michael Harris who lectured and did a presentation and book signing for his new book, Brandywine: A Military History of the Battle that Lost Philadelphia but Saved America, September 11, 1777.
Mr. Harris, former educator at the Brandywine Battlefield, is a specialist on this subject. It is a common misconception that many of the wounded soldiers from the battle were sent to the hospital at Ephrata, but that is probably not the case. Most of the soldiers that convalesced at Ephrata probably came from temporary field hospitals in Germantown and others surrounding areas and were mostly suffering from various sicknesses, more than battle wounds. According to Harris, the Battle of Brandywine was the largest battle of the Revolutionary War, one that encompassed more troops over more land than any combat fought on American soil until the Civil War. Our next Sunday Afternoon Conversation on November, 22nd, and will feature or own Nick Siegert. He will do a presentation on how the Amish deal with technology.