Charles Blaskowitz (c.1743- 1823)
A Plan of the Progress of the Royal Army from their Landing at Elk Ferry to Philadelphia 1777 Under the Command Of His Excellency, Sir William Howe Knight of the most Honorable Order of the Bath, Commander and Chief Surveyed and Drawn by Order of Major General Sir William Erskine by Charles Blaskowitz Capt. of the Corps Guide
On laid paper, mounted on linen
51 3/8 x 53 1/8” (sheet size), Framed to full museum specifications
AN EXTRAORDINARY REVOLUTIONARY CAMPAIGN MAP OF THE DELAWARE VALLEY
Blaskowitz’s map presents a precise and detailed description of southeastern Pennsylvania and the adjacent parts of Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. All roads and villages are illustrated with ink and watercolor. A detailed topographic projection crosses the lower half of the map moving northwards from the head of the Chesapeake Bay to Philadelphia. This marks the route of the British army as it progressed against determined Continental resistance to seize the American capital in September 1777. The site of the two large field battles, Brandywine and Germantown, are illustrated, as is the siege of Fort Mifflin in the Delaware River. Daily progress is tracked, and its locations of country taverns and meetinghouses are labeled, while crossed swords indicate the locations of skirmishes and red bars show the placement of brigades. It is a complete rendering of the dramatic sequence of events as they occurred from August to December 1777.
The areas in the vicinity of the route of the British armies are rendered in full topographical detail, while the remainder of the map takes on the form of a road and administrative map. As indicated on the title, Blaskowitz drafted the map under the orders of Major General Sir William Erskine (1728-1795), one of the most highly regarded commanders in the British Army. At the time it was created, it was likely the most detailed and precise map of southeastern Pennsylvania. The map is a detailed record of the British campaign to take Philadelphia, the capital of the United States, during the late summer and autumn of 1777.