Suggested Reading

We highly recommend the following books, many of which are available for purchase in our Visitor’s Center Shop. Stop in to check them out, as well as several other great books!

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Brandywine Battlefield Park by Thomas J. McGuire, 2011, 48 pages.  Clearly describes the battle; with three well-done maps and several photos.

Brandywine, by Michael C. Harris, 2014, 484 pages.

The Philadelphia Campaign, Vol 1, Brandywine and the Fall of Philadelphia by Thomas J. McGuire, 2006, 420 pages.

The Philadelphia Campaign, Vol 2, Germantown and the Roads to Valley Forge by Thomas J. McGuire, 2007, 372 pages.

1776 by David McCullough, 2005, 386 pages.  Presents the war in 1776 giving perspective to the Philadelphia campaign of 1777.

Private Yankee Doodle by Joseph Plumb Martin, 1830, 305 pages.  The personal narrative of a private in the Continental army during the Revolutionary War.

Military Journal of the American Revolution 1775-1783 by James Thacher, MD, 1823, 486 pages.  Accounts of a Continental Army Surgeon on the war as he lived it.

General George Washington, a Military Life by Edward G. Lengel, 2005. Lengel is U of VA associate editor of “The Papers of George Washington”.

George Washington’s Military Genius by Dave R. Palmer, 2012, 254 pages. Palmer is a former superintendent of West Point.  He defines strategy then shows Washington’s strategic leadership in 18th century America.

1775: A Good Year For Revolution by Kevin Phillips, 2012, 628 pages.  Places the revolution in the context of it’s time then presents the battlegrounds of 1775 and their consequences.

Campaign to Valley Forge: July 1, 1777 – December 19, 1777 by John F. Reed, 1980, 448 pages.

Patriot Battles: How the War of Independence was Fought by Michael Stephenson, 2007, 421 pages.

Iron Tears: America’s Battle for Freedom, Britain’s Quagmire: 1775-1783 by Stanley Weintraub, 2005, 375 pages.

With Zeal and With Bayonets Only: the British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775-1783 by Matthew H. Spring, 2008, 381 pages.

Tories, Fighting for the King in America’s First Civil War by Thomas B. Allen, 2010, 468 pages.  A history of Loyalist leaders and unit engagements.