Thursday, December 25, 2008

Happy Trenton Day!

In addition to wishing my readers a very Merry Christmas, I also want to join blogger Brad Hart in extending a warm "Happy Trenton Day" greeting as well.

Christmas Night 1776 was perhaps the most important night of the American Revolution. While Saratoga is considered the major "turning point" of the American Revolution, there perhaps would not have been a Saratoga at all, were it not for Trenton.

General Washington literally breathed new life into the Revolution with his victory over the Hessians at Trenton on the morning of December 26, 1776 (after an audacious crossing of the frozen Delaware and bitterly cold march the night of December 25). Without that victory, the American Revolution may well have fizzled in the winter months of 1776-77.

For more on this, read Brad Hart's excellent article: "Don't Forget Trenton!"

3 comments:

EHT said...

Yes, yes! Happy Trenton Day! It's a wonderful story to share with students, and the event is one of the reasons I enjoy teaching about the American Revolution so much.

Merry Christmas!

Rabbi Lars Shalom said...
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Kieran said...

Don't forget Princeton!