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Revolutionary Dining Series

    Join us this Fall for the beginning of our Revolutionary Dining Series hosted by The Gables at Chadds Ford Resaurant! Learn about early American History while enjoying a seasonal cuisine.  A different historic figure, professional historian, or author will be featured for this exciting six lecture series.  

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Featuring                   Robert A. Selig Ph.D.

Date                                October 23rd

Location               The Gables at Chadds Ford

Start Time                              6PM

Ticket Price                      $48 online

*Ticket includes meal, lecture, and question & answer session

Revolutionary Dining Schedule

Speaker: Thomas J. McGuire, Author
 
The Archibald Robertson Map of the Battle of Brandywine was discovered in the King’s Map Collection at Windsor Castle in 2000. This amazing document was created in the three days after the battle by Captain Archibald Robertson, a competent artist and talented army engineer. His collection of over 70 wash drawings, now in the New York Public Library together with his journal, are perhaps the greatest eyewitness images we have of the war. Robertson was an eyewitness and participant in the battle, and his carefully surveyed map is the most detailed image we have of how the battlefield actually looked. Robertson included fences, woodlots, buildings, and detailed topography. Together with a four-page key, he takes us through the course of the main parts of the battle, namely Cornwallis’s flank attack and Knyphausen’s push across Chads’s Ford. This map is critical for understanding what actually happened at Brandywine and clarifies many of the primary written account of the battle.
 
About the Speaker:
Thomas J. McGuire is a renowned Rev War era Author; some of his works include The Philadelphia Campaign series and Stop the Revolution.

Speaker: Robert A. Selig Ph.D.

Following the Battle of Brandywine, the British forces remained in the area for several days to not only replenish their supplies, but to collect their dead and wounded from the field of battle. Battlefield clean-up is a topic rarely covered by modern historians yet following almost any military engagement, there are corpses to dispose of. Who does that? When? Where? How? Dr. Robert A. Selig, a renowned military historian and lecturer, will address these and related questions in regards to this often overlooked topic.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Robert Selig is a historical consultant who received his Ph.D. in history from the Universität Würzburg in Germany in 1988. He is a specialist on the role of French forces under the comte de Rochambeau during the American Revolutionary War and currently serves as project historian to the National Park Service for the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route National Historic Trail Project (W3R). As part of this project he has researched and written historical and architectural site surveys and resource inventories on the W3R for thirteen of the fourteen states along the route and is currently working on the report for the State of New Hampshire. He has also served as Project Historian for numerous ABPP projects such as the Battles of Brandywine, Paoli, Princeton, Green Spring, Spencer’s Ordinary, Red Bank, Bennington, and Hubbardton. In 2011, the French government honored his research and publications on the contributions to France and her role in the American War of Independence by making him a Chevalier de l’ordre des palmes académiques.

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