Collier's New Encyclopedia (1921)/Brandywine Creek

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BRANDYWINE CREEK, in Pennsylvania and Delaware, is formed of two forks, the E. and W., which effect a junction in Chester co. of the first named State, and, taking a S. E. course, empties into Christiana creek at Wilmington. Here, Sept. 11, 1777, was fought a severe battle between the British and German troops, 18,000 strong, under Howe, and the Americans numbering 13,000 men, under Washington, in which the latter were defeated. The consequence of this battle was the occupation of Philadelphia by the British troops.