Lafayette at Brandywine by Bruce Mowday
America’s first international hero, the Marquis Lafayette, risked his life and spent his fortune in the fight for American independence from England. Without Lafayette and the assistance of France, America would never have been victorious during the American Revolution. While being celebrated in America in the 18th and 19th century – including a grand American tour that lasted more than a year – Lafayette’s heroic deeds are fading from America’s consciousness. The importance of the battle of Brandywine, where Lafayette was wounded on September 11, 1777, has not been recognized as a major turning point in America’s independence. Lafayette at Brandywine: The Making of an American Hero redefines Lafayette’s role in America’s fight for freedom and the historical importance of the battle of Brandywine.