When riflemen under General Morgan were dispatched
to the Hudson River campaign, General Washington formed a new light
infantry company of 800 men under the command of Brig. General Maxwell.
On the morning of September 11, Maxwell sent his men west on Nottingham
Road (present day Route 1) scouting to find the British. Leading
a company of men, Captain Porterfield preceded the other detachments
with orders to deliver his fire as soon as met the enemy. The British
were at the same time heading east on the same road. Their advance
guard consisted of Ferguson's Rifle Corps and the Queen's Rangers,
who were to encounter the Americans on their approach to the Kennett
Meeting House. Portefield and his men waited to ambush the enemy
and as Porterfield shot and hit one of the Queens Rangers, the Battle
of Brandywine began.