Battle of Cooch Bridge – Delaware’s Only Revolutionary Battle

By | Sep 2, 2017

During August and September of 1777, the Colonial Troops of the United States lead by George Washington were fighting battles near the colonial capital Philadelphia. During this campaign the only battle fought in Delaware, the Battle of Cooch Bridge occurred.

The engagement began on August 30th and by September 3rd the British and Hessian troops under Generals Cornwallis, Howe, and Knyphausen had driven the colonial back to Cooch Bridge. The colonials handpicked a regiment of 100 marksmen under General William Maxwell and laid an ambush. Although they were repelling the advancement of the British and Hessian, they ran out of ammunition and were forced to retreat.

A few weeks later the Colonials would lose at the Battle of Brandywine and Philadelphia would be captured, but not before the congress moved out of the city.

Although there is not direct historical evidence there is a claim that it was during this battle that the new flag, the stars and stripes, was first used.

There is a marker at 39° 38′ 23.46″ N, 75° 44′ 12.15″ W. at the intersection of Old Baltimore Pike and Old Cooches Bridge Road.

And another at 39° 38′ 27.71″ N, 75° 43′ 56.45″ W at the intersection of Dayetts Mill Road and Old Baltimore Pike.


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1 Comment so far
  1. Bill Mills December 3, 2008 11:26 am

    I believe after Cooches Bridge, Washington traveled on what is now route 52 in Greenville DE preparing for what became known as the Battle of the Brandywine.

    Do you have any information pertaining to Washington’s stay in Greenville De and where he stayed the night?

    Thanks – Bill

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