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SEPTEMBER THE ELEVENTH, 1777.
COMBINING THE POETRY, LEGEND, AND HISTORY OF THE BATTLE OF
BY GEORGE LIPPARD, Esq.,
AUTHOR OF THE RUAKER CITY; THE LADYE ANNABEL; HERBERT TRACY; THE BATTLE DAY OF GERMÁNTOWN; ADRIAN, THE NEOPHITE; POSY, OR
THE PILGRIMAGE OF ST. GEORGE, ETC., ETC., ETC.
G. B. ZIEBER & CO.
ccording to act of Congress, in the year 1846, by
MOGRIDGE & MCART Y. In the Clerk's Office of the District Court, of the Eastern District of
&TEREOTYPED BY MOORIDGE AND M'CARTY .....Philad.'.
THIS BOOK OF THE BATTLE OF BRANDYWINE, IS BY HIS KIND PERMISSION,
MY DEAR SIR :
I have been a pilgrim in holy ground, but not to the old world, not the altars of Rome, or the sepulchres of Palestine, has my pilgrimage been made.
I have been a pilgrim to those hallowed places, where the ghosts of the heroes, arise and walk the earth, forevermore. I have been to the altars of the American Past; I have worshipped among the sepulchres of the illustrious dead. Bending down upon the sod of our battle-fields, I have traced the footsteps of that religion, that patriotism, that genius, which in the olden time of the Revolution, went mightily over the land.
Yes to the battle-fields of our soil, to the haunts of the heroes, to the graves of the Man-Gods of our Past, has my pilgrimage been made.
And now Sir, with the memories of the im ucrta! field of Brandywine, kindling in my soul, with the vision of that beautiful val;ey, hallowed by legend and romance rising in all its bloom, before my eyes, do 1, a young man, a Pennsylvanian, an American author, inscribe this hoofs of the battle-field, with your name. With all my heart, as one of that innimereble bånd of young men, who cherish your name in their souls, I lay this sincere "tributest the altar of
Pardon me, for the omission of the usual titles of courtesy or honor, in connection with your name. There are some names, which by the acclamation of a nation, are elevated above all titles or courtesy of rank, into the simple magnificence of a watch-word, for the patriots of all time. There are some names worth all the stars or ribbons ever bestowed by kings, prouder than all the Generals, Dukes, Princes, which flutter in the sunshine of royal favor. There is one