Continental Army Encampment Site

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Continental Army Encampment Site
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Continental Army Encampment Site, March 2010
Continental Army Encampment Site is located in Delaware
Continental Army Encampment Site
Location Lovering Ave. near Broom St., Wilmington, Delaware
Coordinates 39°45′28″N 75°33′22″W / 39.75778°N 75.55611°W / 39.75778; -75.55611Coordinates: 39°45′28″N 75°33′22″W / 39.75778°N 75.55611°W / 39.75778; -75.55611
Area 8 acres (3.2 ha)
Built 1777 (1777)
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 73000547[1]
Added to NRHP December 18, 1973

Continental Army Encampment Site is a historic site located at Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware. The Continental Army troops camped on the east side of Brandywine Creek, which is now a part of Brandywine Park. An early mill race is still visible, on the site, a reminder of the extensive early milling industry on the Brandywine. The Continental Army camped at the site for a few days before the Battle of Brandywine in August 1777. On December 21, 1777, 1,500 Delaware and Maryland troops under the command of General William Smallwood returned to the campsite. These troops were stationed to prevent occupation of Wilmington by the British and to protect the flour mills on the Brandywine.[2]

It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]