The Continental Army, Chapter V

An Army for the War: 1777 Most Continental enlistments expired on 31 December 1776. Congress and Washington hoped to avoid a recurrence of the problems of the previous winter by beginning their preparations for reorganizing the Continental Army during the early fall of 1776. Profiting from that earlier experience, they not only started sooner but …

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The Battle of Trenton

And such they are–and such they will be found: Not so Leonidas and Washington, Their every battle-field is holy ground Which breathes of nations saved, not worlds undone. How sweetly on the ear such echoes sound! While the mere victor’s may appal or stun The servile and the vain, such names will be A watchword …

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Reasons of the Success at Trenton

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. The defeat of the Hessians at Trenton, was primarily owing to a dispute which existed between the English and German troops. Colonel Rahl, apprehending that he should be attacked by superior numbers, required of Lord Cornwallis a reinforcement. Two …

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Pennsylvanians joined Howe

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. January 5. –Amongst the worthies who have joined, or put themselves under the protection of Howe and company, at Trenton, we find the names of the following noted personages, viz.: John Allen, Esq., (son of the celebrated rhetorical, impartial, …

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Battle of Trenton

From Diary of the American Revolution, Vol I. Compiled by Frank Moore and published in 1859. December 26. –General Washington, finding it absolutely necessary to rouse the spirits of the army, which have been sorely depressed by the long series of disasters which have attended us for almost the whole of this month, resolved to …

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