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Hallowed Ground Paoli Battlefield, Pennsylvania

n late summer 1777 Gen. Sir William Howe, commander in chief of the British army in North America, sailed from New York City with 15,000 troops in a bid to capture Philadelphia. Moving up the Chesapeake Bay, his fleet landed on August 25 at Head of Elk (near present-day Elkton), Md., some 45 miles southwest of the American capital. After skirmishing with Patriots at Cooch’s Bridge south of Newark, Del., on September 3,

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