The Nation Makers

Painted in 1902 by artist Howard Pyle (1853-1911), The Nation Makers depicts a line of American Patriots marching forward at the Battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary War.

Also known as the Battle of Brandywine Creek, the battle was fought between the Continental Army, led by General George Washington, and the British Army, led by General Sir William Howe on September 11, 1777, near Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. More troops fought at Brandywine than any other battle of the American Revolution. It was also one of the longest fought battles, with continuous fighting lasting more than 11 hours.

The Continental Army was defeated by the British, but not destroyed. While no official casualty records exist for the American side, American Major General Nathanael Greene estimated Washington's Army lost between 1,200 and 1,300 men, wounded or killed. Among the American wounded was the Marquis de Lafayette.

In his report to the Continental Congress detailing the battle, Washington stated, "Despite the day's misfortune, I am pleased to announce that most of my men are in good spirits, and still have the courage to fight the enemy another day."

Artist: Howard Pyle
Date: 1902
Original medium: Oil on Canvas
Restored & enhanced by Rebel Seed Studio