Barren Hill tested the marquis de Lafayette's mettle as a division commander

Smart, James
June 2006
Military History;Jun2006, Vol. 23 Issue 4, p16
The article provides a historical account of the battle at Barren Hill, Philadelphia which tested the fighting spirit of French volunteer division commander Major General Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, marquis de la Fayette. in the 18th century. Unaware that he was considered prime target of the British forces, Lafayette forded the Schuylkill at Swede's Ford at Norristown on Friday, May 18, and led his troops south to Barren Hill, a site selected because it could be seen from the highest point in Valley Forge.


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