Remembering December 25, 1776

Remembering December 25, 1776

In the early morning hours of December 25, 1776 the young soldiers with General Washington marched to McKonkey’s Ferry on the west bank of the Delaware River. When the army arrived it practiced formation and drill. It grew colder by the hour and the winds pickup. There will be no Christmas goose, plum pudding, cider, joy, family cheer or a warm hearth that day.

As Christmas night fell the army was slowly ferried across the ice choked Delaware. By 11PM the winter storm unleashed itself on the crossing army, but by 3AM the entire army was safely on the east bank. An 8 mile march in sleet on an icy road lay ahead and a stunning victory at Trenton. It turned the war around from the Americans like Midway turned the tide for the USA 166 years later.

A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU!

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