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The Gables at Chadds Ford

423 Baltimore Pike

Chadds Ford, PA 19317

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The Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates invite you to join us at The Gables at Chadds Ford to learn about our 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.

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 we will have our second lecture of this brand new series. This lecture will feature renowned historian, Robert A. Selig, Ph.D. who will be presenting: "Of Skulls, Severed Heads, and Skeletons: What to do with a dead American, British, Hessian, or French soldier, as the case may be?"

The Battle of Brandywine was a single day engagement, but the largest of the American Revolution. For nearly fourteen hours, thirty thousand soldiers fought on a thirty five thousand acre battlefield landscape. Following the engagement, both British and Continental casualties littered the field and the victorious British forces under General Howe remained in the Quaker dominated are for several days to regroup, collect their dead and wounded, and replenish their supplies. Overwhelmed by his own casualties, General Howe wrote to George Washington and requested that he send surgeons and other men back to extract what was left of his forces. Battlefield cleanup is a topic rarely covered by modern historians yet following almost any military engagement, there are corpses to dispose of. Who does that? Can we tell who buried whom? When? How many hours, days, or months later? Where? Individually or in mass graves? In natural crevices? Lakes? Naked or dressed? Officers and other ranks together or separate? How long do they remain in the ground? Are they ever found? Who would dig them up and why? Can we identify them? What happens with the skeletons? This talk will address these and related questions.

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. 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 Battle 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.

Ticket includes: Meal, Lecture, and Question & Answer Session with Lecturer

Date of Event: October 23, 2018

Time: 6:00pm

Ticket Price: $48 per guest

For more information/ticket purchases contact:

Andrew Outten, Director of Education & Museum Services

Brandywine Battlefield Park

610.459.3342


Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates Website: http://www.brandywinebattlefield.org

PHMC Website: https://www.phmc.pa.gov

PA Trails of History: http://m.patrailsofhistory.com


Brandywine Battlefield Park is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Comission in partnership with the Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates, a 501(c)3 community based non-profit organization.





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