Monthly Archives: December 2016

Dec. 27, 1776 George Washington writes t

Dec. 27, 1776 George Washington writes the Continental Congress about the victory in Trenton the previous day. “I have the pleasure of congratulating you upon the success of an enterprise, which I had formed against a detachment of the enemy … Continue reading

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Dec. 25-26, 1776. Henry Knox writes his

Dec. 25-26, 1776. Henry Knox writes his wife about crossing the Delaware River under George Washington’s orders. “Accordingly a part of the army, consisting of about 2,500 or 3,000 passed the river on Christmas night, with almost infinite difficulty, with … Continue reading

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Dec. 25-26, 1776. With most of his 6,000

Dec. 25-26, 1776. With most of his 6,000 men’s enlistments set to expire Dec. 31, George Washington needs a moral victory to convince them to stay in the army. He orders 2,500 of them to cross the Delaware River and … Continue reading

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Dec. 23, 1776 Thomas Paine’s pamphlet T

Dec. 23, 1776 Thomas Paine’s pamphlet The Crisis is read aloud to George Washington’s troops revolution240.com http://ow.ly/i/eFdg9

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Dec. 19, 1776 Thomas Paine, the anonymou

Dec. 19, 1776 Thomas Paine, the anonymous author of the 1776 bestseller Common Sense that called for independence, publishes The American Crisis for the first time in the Pennsylvania Journal. Paine knew first hand that the army and independence were … Continue reading

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Dec. 18, 1776. George Washington worries

Dec. 18, 1776. George Washington worries about his army’s continuance in a letter to his brother. “Between you and me, I think our affairs are in a very bad situation . . . if every nerve is not strained to … Continue reading

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Dec. 13, 1776. In New Jersey American Ge

Dec. 13, 1776. In New Jersey American Gen. Charles Lee imprudently leaves his troops in the morning and travels three miles to a tavern to enjoy a relaxing breakfast. A local Tory tips off the enemy to Lee’s whereabouts. British … Continue reading

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