Battle of Germantown
Located throughout Germantown, PA 19144
The Battle of Germantown turned out to be a tie, but because it was a tie, the British invasion of Philadelphia could not be stopped. Washington again relied upon God’s providence as he realized the British would enjoy the winter in Philadelphia and his men would have to retreat to the cold wilderness of Valley Forge. There, they built their own shelters out of logs. Declaration signer John Witherspoon’s belief in God’s providence was also put to the test, as this preacher and patriot lost one of his sons in this battle. The founders, relying on providence, nevertheless wrestled with the truth of Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV). Even in the midst of difficult things such as defeat, loss and death, they sought to trust in God.
As General Washington wrote to his wife, Martha, on June 18, 1775:
I shall rely, therefore, confidently on that Providence, which has heretofore preserved and been bountiful to me, not doubting but that I shall return safe to you in the fall.