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Battle of Brandywine, 2001 Re-enactment
Click thumbnails below© 2001 Photo by S. Fox
Battle of Brandywine 2001 Re-enactment
September 23, 2001
Digital Photos by S. Fox, Chadds Ford, PA,
Kodak DX3500

The 2001 Battle of Brandywine re-enactment brought to mind some historic parallels between the real Battle of Brandywine and the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington that occurred 224 years later, to the day.

The Battle of Brandywine was fought on September 11, 1777. It was the largest battle of the Revolutionary War and resulted in a large number of casualties. Reports put the number of American casualties between 850 and 2000. And while Washington's troops lost the battle, their spirits were not broken. They were not defeated by a superior army, but by bad intelligence. Sound familiar?

The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, were horrific. The success of these attacks was not due to a superior enemy, but a failure of airport and airline security and government intelligence. But the tragic loss of so many lives and the destruction of the World Trade Center's twin towers, the Pentagon and the three airliners, did not break the spirit of America. It awakened the nation and has brought the nations of the world together to fight a "War on Terror".

This war will not end tomorrow. It may last longer than the Revolutionary War, but like that war which gave birth to a nation, it will end in victory for the countries who seek to live in peace and freedom.

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