MASSACRE, WAS IT A MASSACRE ?
On the night of September
20-21, 1777, in what is now the Borough of Malvern, Chester County,
Pennsylvania, American soldiers under the command of Brigadier
General Anthony Wayne were attacked and put to the bayonet by
British soldiers under the command of Major General Charles Grey.
As you may be aware, it was at
this site that 53 of our first soldiers paid the highest price
possible for the privilege of being called an American.
For reasons that have been
lost in history, these brave soldiers were not buried on the field
of honor, but dragged across the property line and buried in what is
now called The Paoli Memorial Grounds, although the site has always
been revered locally, it has never received the national recognition
it deserves because it has always been separated from the main part
of the original battlefield.
It is now possible that
this can change!
The borough of Malvern has
been approached by the Malvern Preparatory School about the
possibility of purchasing the property and creating a single
historic park consisting of the 40-acre battlefield and the
contiguous 22-acre Memorial Ground.
Should this come to pass, for
the first time in history, the battlefield where these men fought
and died and the Sacred Ground where they are buried will become
The director of the Bureau for
Historic Places recently has made a determination of eligibility for
this site to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
This is expected to happen within a year.
The price quoted by the
Malvern Preparatory School for the property is two and a half
million dollars. The question is, "where does a small town of
2,944 people get that kind of money?" The answer is that many
patriotic persons raise the funds necessary to purchase the
battlefield and place it in the Public Trust for permanent
preservation and maintenance.
The name of the corporation is
"Paoli Battlefield Preservation Trust."
Remember the young men who
fought and died at this location were our first volunteers and our
first veterans. What they did and where they did it need to be
preserved and maintained as Hallowed Ground by and for the citizens
for which they made their sacrifice.
If you can help to make this
happen, please contact Pat McGuigan, Borough Manager at (610)
644-2602, or send a contribution to:
Battlefield Preservation Trust
c/o Borough of
Thank you for taking the time
to read this and special thanks to the Paoli Battlefield
Preservation Trust for letting us know of their needs.