Rocky Boy Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana

The Battle of Brandywine September 11, 1777

Their emotions were obviously low after losing the battle at Cooch’s Bridge, but the brave Anishinabek knew worse was coming! From Europe, some 15,000 English and German soldiers had recently arrived in North America then joined with a white English military force of another 15,000 soldiers which we will refer to as native white English Americans who had been born and raised in North America. They also brought over with them huge supplies of the fineness modern day weapons of war. The goal of the 30,000 man strong English military force was to bring the Philadelphia region back under white control. They used Chesapeake Bay and Delaware Bay, to reach the Philadelphia region. They did so to avoid any possible catastrophe disrupting a possible long march over land from the Atlantic coastline. We can only imagine just how the brave Anishinabek responded to their plight. They probably could raise up at the most somewhere between 5,000 to 10,000 soldiers, and that is including the soldiers from their Indian allies, to defend Indian land.

Anyway, the brave 5,000 or so Anishinabe soldiers went to battle against the much larger and obviously better armed white military force and lost as we would expect. They went to battle with a vengeance as we would expect and inflicted considerable casualties on the more numerous and better armed white military force, probably using mainly their primitive weapons. White casualties were 289 killed, 1,238 wounded, and 400 captured. If 400 white soldiers were really captured by the brave Anishinabek, they were definitely killed later on. The way to Philadelphia was now open and the whites knew it. They had recently brought the Montreal, Quebec City, Boston, and New York City regions back under white control and Philadelphia was next.

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