21 Dec 2014

Christmas 1776: The Day that Saved America

After a series of devastating military defeats, and amid plunging morale among the beleaguered and ill-equipped Continental Army, the American Revolution seemed all but over by December 1776.
General William Howe, Commander-in-Chief of all British forces in America, had easily taken New York City and looked to capture Philadelphia next. George Washington and his Continentals had miraculously managed to avert total disaster but were now in a state of all-out retreat and semi-panic. They moved swiftly across the Hudson River into New Jersey before retreating even further over the Delaware River and into Pennsylvania.

Howe arrived in Trenton on December 8 and exchanged fire with the Americans on the Delaware. With twelve thousand men at his command, Howe was seriously tempted to cross the river, destroy Washington’s army, and capture Philadelphia before Christmas. Congress, anticipating an attack, fled the city on December 13 and decamped to Baltimore. But Howe instead opted to return to New York City for winter quarters, posting three regiments of ruthless Hessian mercenaries under Colonel Johann Gottlieb Rall to maintain his precious hold on Trenton.

Washington now faced both overwhelming military odds and, even worse, the severe loss of patriotic support among his men. The occasion seemed completely and utterly hopeless. He was certain that Howe’s next move would finally crush his small army and smother the infant nation, if dwindling military enlistments and desertions didn’t accomplish it first. It was in this near constant state of despair and misery that Washington began to plot his next move, conscious that it might be his last.
Under the advice and consent of his generals, Washington decided at last to risk everything on a surprise and hazardous crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night.
We’re told that Washington’s planned assault came against a sleeping and drunken Hessian garrison fully imbibed with the stupors of extravagant holiday reveling. In fact, this was not the case, for Colonel Rall had wisely kept his men posted on high alert with constant drills and patrols. But on that particular Christmas night, the severe and adverse winter weather that tore at both sides seemed to Rall and his men to preclude the possibility of any threat of attack.

Under the cover of darkness, and in the wind-swept, biting cold, Washington bravely led the main body of his Continental Army across the river. An hour before sunrise, the December 25-26 attack on Trenton took the enemy completely by surprise. After a brief engagement, Washington succeeded in capturing nearly the whole of the isolated Hessian force. Total losses for the enemy numbered 22 killed, 84 wounded, and 900 captured. American losses numbered half a dozen (2 from combat, 4 from exposure to cold).

1 comment:

  1. Mysterio! BOOGAH BOOGAH21 December 2014 at 12:03

    Saved America my backside.

    Ever read the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783?

    Ben Franklin, member of the satanic pedophile hellfire club who literally had bodies under the floorboards of his house, many of them children, negotiated
    and signed the Paris Peace Treaty of 1783 calling our arch enemy, King George III, the "Prince of the United States" and allowed him to keep
    receiving gold silver and copper for his business venture of starting the
    colonies. Which is why nobody owns property and pays property tax to the Rothschild Bank of England represented here by the IRS and the Federal Reserve.

    In perspective, John Wayne Gayce also had bodies under the
    floorboards. Except he used a clown suit instead of a kite to lure his helpless
    child victims into his lair.

    And Benedict Arnold goes down in history as the traitor hmm? The one guy who financed his own troops. Who could turn a battle around a snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. A guy who won naval victories against the big bad English navy. Mustve scared the hell out of the Zionists and their Masonic minions in American politics that he could finance his own men and despite losing a leg still be a tactical genius.
    America was NOT saved. Its was fattened up for the slaughter.