Did you know that there was a skirmish at Valley Forge before the encampment? Learn about this skirmish which occurred during September 1777 at our lecture as well.
Join Jim Christ, the President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund as he talks about this historic battle that has been looked over in history. “Remember Paoli” is the nation’s first battle cry and was born of the battle that was fought in Malvern, PA on night of September 20th, 1777. Learn about how British General Charles “No Flint” Grey lead around 2,000 men at night into the Great Valley to surprise over 2000 of General Anthony Wayne’s men and 2100 Maryland Militia under General William Smallwood. The ninth bloodiest battle of the Revolutionary War left Philadelphia open to British occupation, and also left a lasting impact in the local community. In 1817 the second oldest Revolutionary War Memorial was dedicated and is still remembered today with the Malvern Memorial Parade. Let’s explore why this battle is called the “Paoli Massacre”, as well as common myths such as soldiers being asleep during the attack. General Anthony Wayne would get his reputation back during the Battle of Stony Point, NY in which he used lessons learned from the Paoli Battle to earn a complete victory and international acclaim.
Jim Christ is President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund, and has been on its board since 2012. Jim is an avid history buff and is also Vice President of the American Revolution Round Table of Philadelphia, the Vice President of the Brandywine Valley Civil War Round Table, Board Member and docent of the Christian Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford, Board Member of the Paoli Memorial Association, Treasurer of Historical Military Impressions, Inc, a non-profit military reenactment group that performs in several states, and a member of the Chester County 250th Committee. Jim works as Director of Client Services for Shelby Financial Corporation, in Frazer Pennsylvania, and has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration. Jim is married and lives on what was The Battle of The Clouds battlefield, a Revolutionary War battlefield in West Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.