Washington sent Battle of Brandywine wounded to convalesce in Ephrata, PA

 
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Historic Ephrata Cloister – Photo by Doug Tone

After George Washington’s army was defeated at the Battle of Brandywine on September 11, 1777, 500 of the wounded soldiers were sent to Lancaster County Pennsylvania to convalesce at the Ephrata Cloister.

As a result of the defeat at Brandywine Creek the British were able to take and occupy Philadelphia later that same month. With the British advancing on Philadelphia the Continental Congress was forced to flee into the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch country, first to Lancaster and then farther west, across the Susquehanna River to the town of York, where it would remain for the following 10 months while writing the Articles of Confederation. 

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