National Geographic : 1961 Jul
get into the act?" one of my children dutifully asked. I mod estly explained that my 1949 Susquehanna canoe trip had ended under the U.S. 40 bridge.* On the way to the Brandy wine, the redcoats stopped at Coochs Bridge, where the Amer icans engaged them in the only Revolutionary action on Dela ware soil. A parklike pasture beside the little bridge invited us to linger (opposite). "This is where Old Glory first flew in land battle," Mr. Edward W. Cooch told us. Not all histo rians, he admitted, agree. The clear stream burbled, bird song filled the air, and yes teryear's brief but furious fusil lade was hard to bring to mind. Horses Stabled in a Parlor Across the creek Old Glory rippled in front of a large stuc coed house. Mr. Cooch invited us inside. "This is the front room where the British stabled some com mandeered horses while Corn wallis was using my home as his headquarters," he said. "Cooches have lived on this land since 1746. The house itself was built in 1760." *The author described his Susque hanna River canoe trip in the July, 1950, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC. Undismayed by his dizzy catwalk, a workman inspects a cable housing on Delaware Memorial Bridge. Twin tow ers as high as 40-story build ings hold cables that carry U. S. 40 across the Delaware River. Center span hangs 210 feet above the water. Dela ware lies in the distance. Station wagon odyssey from sea to sea totaled 17,000 miles, counting side trips. Near the village of State Road, Dela ware, the author's family chats with a State trooper.