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The Campaign of Trenton 1776-77   By: (1833-1905)

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WORKS BY SAMUEL ADAMS DRAKE

OLD LANDMARKS AND HISTORIC PERSONAGES OF BOSTON. Illustrated $2.00

OLD LANDMARKS AND HISTORIC FIELDS OF MIDDLESEX. Illustrated 2.00

NOOKS AND CORNERS OF THE NEW ENGLAND COAST. Illustrated 3.50

CAPTAIN NELSON. A Romance of Colonial Days .75

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AROUND THE HUB. A Boy's Book about Boston. Illustrated 1.50

NEW ENGLAND LEGENDS AND FOLK LORE. Illustrated 2.00

THE MAKING OF NEW ENGLAND. Illustrated 1.50

THE MAKING OF THE GREAT WEST. 1.75

OLD BOSTON TAVERNS. Paper .50

BURGOYNE'S INVASION OF 1777. .50

THE TAKING OF LOUISBURG. .50

Any book on the above list sent by mail, postpaid, on receipt of price, by

LEE AND SHEPARD, BOSTON

[Illustration: East View of Hell Gate, in the Province of New York.

W A Williams Del. 1725

1. Hoorns Hook. 3. Hancock's Rock. 5. Morrisena. 7. Pinfold's Place. 9. The Pot. 11. The Frying Pan.

2. The Gridiron. 4. The Mill Rock. 6. Bahanna's Island. 8. Hallet's Point. 10. The Hogs back. ]

Decisive Events in American History

THE

CAMPAIGN OF TRENTON

1776 77

BY

SAMUEL ADAMS DRAKE

BOSTON LEE AND SHEPARD PUBLISHERS 10 MILK STREET 1895

COPYRIGHT, 1895, BY LEE AND SHEPARD All rights reserved THE CAMPAIGN OF TRENTON

PRESS OF Rockwell and Churchill BOSTON, U.S.A.

CONTENTS

PRELUDE 7

I NEW YORK THE SEAT OF WAR 11

II PLANS FOR DEFENCE 19

III LONG ISLAND TAKEN 26

IV NEW YORK EVACUATED 33

V THE SITUATION REVIEWED 43

VI THE RETREAT THROUGH THE JERSEYS 50

VII LEE'S MARCH AND CAPTURE 59

VIII THE OUTLOOK 68

IX THE MARCH TO TRENTON 79

X TRENTON 89

XI THE FLANK MARCH TO PRINCETON 94

XII AFTER PRINCETON 108

PRELUDE

Seldom, in the annals of war, has a single campaign witnessed such a remarkable series of reverses as did that which began at Boston in March, 1776, and ended at Morristown in January, 1777. Only by successive defeats did our home made generals and our rustic soldiery learn their costly lesson that war is not a game of chance, or mere masses of men an army.

Though costly, this sort of discipline, this education, gradually led to a closer equality between the combatants, as year after year they faced and fought each other. When the lesson was well learned our generals began to win battles, and our soldiers to fight with a confidence altogether new to them. In vain do we look for any other explanation of the sudden stiffening up of the backbone of the Revolutionary army, or of the equally sudden restoration of an apparently dead and buried cause after even its most devoted followers had given up all as lost. As with expiring breath that little band of hunted fugitives, miserable remnant of an army of 30,000 men, turning suddenly upon its victorious pursuers, dealt it blow after blow, the sun which seemed setting in darkness, again rose with new splendor upon the fortunes of these infant States... Continue reading book >>




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