Trenton and Princeton 1776-77

Washington Crosses the Delaware

By David Bonk; Graham Turner (Illustrator)
(Osprey Publishing (UK), Paperback, 9781846033506, 96pp.)

Publication Date: January 20, 2009

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Description
Following the battle of White River and the fall of Forts Washington and Lee during the American Revolutionary War (1775-1783), George Washington withdrew his army, crossing the Delaware River to regroup. However, with morale at a critical low and the terms of enlistment of many of his troops set to expire, Washington decided on one more strike before the winter weather made military operations impossible. Re-crossing the Delaware on Christmas night, 1776, Washington's army surprised the Hessian garrison at Trenton and managed to kill, wound or capture 1,000 of the enemy for the loss of only four men. Then, avoiding a major engagement with the British Army under General Cornwallis that had been sent to track him down, Washington attacked and defeated another small British force at Princeton. Having inflicted two costly and embarrassing defeats on the British forces, Washington withdrew his army into winter quarters at Morristown.
Using a combination of modern photographs and period artwork, this book tells the story of the legendary campaign that restored the morale of American forces, caused the British to abandon large parts of New Jersey, and established General George Washington's reputation as a daring military strategist.



About the Author


David Smith is a freelance writer on a variety of subjects. His main area of interest in US military history. He attended the University of Iowa and University of Hull for his degree in American Studies. He then completed his MA with distinction at the University of Liverpool in Military Studies; his thesis was on the American Revolution. He intends to complete his PhD on the American Civil War, and has been offered a fellowship by the University of Chester. The author lives in Chester, UK.
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