Historical Dinner Series: The Battle of Paoli

We’re excited to continue our Historical Dinner Series on Tuesday, September 17, 2019, with a focusĀ on the ninth bloodiest battle of the revolutionary war, the Battle of Paoli.

Our speaker, Jim Christ, will explain about this historic battle that has been overlooked 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 led around 2,000 men at night into the Great Valley to surprise over 2,000 of General Anthony Wayne’s men and 2,100 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 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.

During the event, we’ll be pouringĀ Yards Brewing Company’sĀ Thomas Jefferson Golden Ale and George Washington Porter.

Light appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m. Dinner orders will begin at 6:00 p.m., and dinner will be served around 6:30 p.m. View menu.

A Q&A session will follow with complimentary coffee and mini desserts.

The price is $45 (tax & gratuity included),Ā seating is limited andĀ reservations are required. CallĀ (610) 293-9333 to book your spot with us today.

More about Jim Christ

Jim Christ is president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund and has been on the board for the past seven years. 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 of the Christian Sanderson Museum in Chadds Ford, and is treasurer of Historical Military Impressions, Inc, a non-profit military reenactment group that preforms in several states. Jim works as director of client services for Integrated Software Solutions Inc., in Frazer, PA, and has an associateā€™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, PA.

Upcoming Historical Series Dinners

Oct 15th:Ā The Battle of Germantown (Presenter: Carolyn Wallace)
Nov 19th:Ā The Battle of Whitemarsh (Presenter: Bob Bradley)
Dec 17th: Fort Mifflin (Presenter: Beth Beatty)


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