The Revolution in the Wissahickon
— 1777 —To retake recently occupied Philadelphia, American Commander-in-Chief, General George Washington, ordered a surprise four-prong attack on the British forces encamped in Germantown. Assigned the defense of the Wissahickon Valley, German mercenary troops, collectively called Hessians, erected two miles of fortifications. Washington's orders for the Wissahickon attack were to "get upon the Enemy's left and Rear" while "every Officer and Soldier to have a piece of White paper in their Hatt" for identification. According to General Armstrong, for three hours the two combatant forces continually "cannonaded from the heights on each side of the Wissihickon, whilst the Riflemen on opposite sides acted on lower ground" until the American troops retreated in an orderly fashion.
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|Date Added||Monday, September 8th, 2014 at 4:19pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 483700 N 4431039|
|Decimal Degrees||40.02941667, -75.19103333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 1.765', W 75° 11.462'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 1' 45.90" N, 75° 11' 27.72" W|
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