Deposition concerning Michael Righter who was wounded by a British bayonett at
the "Sign of the Blue Bell" near Darby in Chester County" in the fall or winter of 1777
Battle at the Blue Bell
In November of 1777 the British were in control of Philadelphia  but did not have control of the
river approaches or Fort Mifflin or Fort Mercer, and could not bring supplies upriver. In order to
get supplies the British has to forage, or send wagons down to the fleet at Chester, which made
them vulnerable to the American raiding parties. One such party of about 28 Americans was
stationed at the Blue Bell on the Darby Road.  When
Fort Mifflin finally fell after a valient defense,

Lord Cornwallis sent some 2500 troops down the Darby Road to Chester. Accounts vary but
one account says that when the British were passing the Blue Bell, a shot was fired from an
upstairs window. The British rushed into the building and bayonetted 5 Americans on the stairs
and took the remainder prisoners.

We recently were sent information which could relate to that account:
The Salute  A short story (fiction) by John Haigis based on events at the Bell