Humpday History Highlight

America We Will Kill You In Your Sleep On ChristmasDavid McCullough’s 1776 is perhaps the best book ever on George Washington, the tactician. It examines the battles of 1776, the first year of the Revolution, and how Washington rallied the troops from defeat after defeat. The book ended with this battle.

December 26, 1776 - Washington Gains First Major Victory At Trenton

At approximately 8 a.m. on the morning of December 26, 1776, General George Washington’s Continental Army reaches the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey, and descends upon the unsuspecting Hessian force guarding the city. Trenton’s 1,400 Hessian defenders were still groggy from the previous evening’s Christmas festivities and had underestimated the Patriot threat after months of decisive British victories throughout New York. The troops of the Continental Army quickly overwhelmed the German defenses, and by 9:30 a.m.Trenton was completely surrounded.

Although several hundred Hessians escaped, nearly 1,000 were captured at the cost of only four American lives.

The seemingly insignificant battle turned the tide in favor of the Americans after a miserable loss-filled 1776.

5 thoughts on “Humpday History Highlight

  1. Bob G.

    Wyatt:
    I actually got to watch the movie THE CROSSING (with Jeff Daniels as Washington)…damn fine flick, too.
    And I hear that THIS year up at Washington’s Crossing, the current was TOO STRONG to make it to “Joisey”…and they turned around.
    Maybe, the MEN in THOSE days were made of stronger stuff…AND knew HOW to row?
    (next year, they should recruit a few members of the PPD…THOSE guys will make it!)

    Roll safe out there.

  2. Wyatt Earp Post author

    Dr. Evil – That should be our national anthem.

    Ingineer66 – It’s certainly a truism.

    Formwiz – Caught them half naked and drunk – like Mrs. Earp finds me after work parties.

    Bob G – They were battling terrible conditions and patches of ice. The Delaware freezes more than people would think, even with its terribly swift currents. That being said, they crosses out of necessity, not for the sake of entertainment.

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