Prelude to Brandywine: The March of General Howe and the British Army

Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7 PM

Prelude to Brandywine:
The March of General Howe and the British Army
September 8‐10, 1777

A Talk by Walt Chiquoine

General Howe
General Howe

Walt Chiquoine solved a mystery that baffled scholars for almost 100 years – the location
of the Daniel Nichols house, Howe’s headquarters in the days preceding the Battle of
Brandywine. The primary accounts of the British march, involving over 16,000 troops,
can now be understood in a new light. Walt will give some background on the
Philadelphia Campaign and discuss his research. Maps, journals, and letters of the
period help tell the tale of British movements in Mill Creek Hundred, their encampment
along Limestone Road, and the impact the army had on the local population as it took
what it needed and lived off the land.

A Hockessin DE resident and local historian, Walt was trained as a chemical engineer
and later earned an MBA in Finance. He recently retired from a diverse business career,
beginning at DuPont and extending to consulting, venture capital, and founding two

In the 1990s he learned his way through public archives and historical societies while
working his family genealogy. About 10 years ago, he began asking questions about the
1777 march of the British army near his Delaware home. He has since documented the
location of Howe’s headquarters in Mill Creek Hundred for September 8 and 9, 1777,
and updated the story based on primary accounts. He continues to be involved in local
Revolutionary War period research. Walt serves on the Board of Directors of the
Delaware Society for the Preservation of Antiquities, is active in the Hockessin Historical
Society, and recently became a civilian member of the 1st Delaware Regiment.

This free talk will be held Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 7 PM, at the New London Academy
(the New London Township building), 902 State Rd, New London, PA (1/2 mi. east of Rte. 896).
Everyone is welcome; refreshments will be served afterward.

September 14 Historical Society program flyer