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"The Brandywine Creek has two branches which are very good for crossing" : The search for Trimble’s Ford

Author(s): Elisabeth A. LaVigne ; William Chadwick

Year: 2016

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Summary

On the morning of 11 September 1777, Hessian Captain Johan Ewald was leading an advance force ahead of the Crown Forces column that outflanked the American position along Brandywine Creek. The precise location of Trimble’s Ford, where the Crown Forces ultimately crossed the west branch of the Brandywine, and the road system that was traveled by the Crown Forces to reach the ford was the subject of a multi-faceted study. Geophysical investigation utilizing ground-penetrating radar (GPR) and geomorphic investigation through soil coring, combined with the examination of topographic data, historical cartography, and historical land records has resulted in the determination of the ford's location and the route of the Crown Forces advance. The results of the combined lines of inquiry provide a remarkable view of the landscape of the eighteenth-century Brandywine Valley and how terrain plays such a significant role in battlefield decisions the and resulting outcomes of those choices.


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"The Brandywine Creek has two branches which are very good for crossing" : The search for Trimble’s Ford. Elisabeth A. LaVigne, William Chadwick. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434270)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 450

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America