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Washington's Army Resuscitates the Revolution Cause
The Society of the Cincinnati - Princeton's Alexander Hall
In summer of 1776, George Washington suffered many crushing defeats, and lost 90 percent of the army under his command. British and Hessian forces recovered much of three colonies in New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island. By late November, thousands of Americans took an oath of allegiance to George III. Leaders on both sides believed that the American cause had failed. On Christmas night in 1776 Washington and a remnant of the Continental Army made a last desperate effort. They crossed the Delaware River in a howling nor'easter, and captured the Hessian garrison at Trenton. In a winter campaign that followed they defeated British troops in many small engagements, revived the fortunes of the Revolution, rallied Americans to the Patriot Cause, and attracted others to its support. Frederick the Great called their victory "the most brilliant of any recorded in the annals of military achievement." The great question is how they did it. David Fischer will suggest an answer, building on his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Washington's Crossing.