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And yet they marched
2banana | 24 DEC 2011 | 2banana

Posted on 12/24/2011 11:36:14 AM PST by 2banana

235 years ago a today. Christmas Eve.

A rag tag bunch of citizen soldiers/militia were given the order to march.

In a raging snowstorm. To cross a swollen ice choked river.

Most of their enlistments were ending in a few days. They were freezing, tired, hungry, frost-bitten and had lost every battle they had fought in for the last year.

They were about to attack some of the finest and well supplied soldiers on the continent.

Outnumbered.

And yet they marched.

Merry Christmas.


TOPICS: Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: washington
I am an army combat vet.

I often think of those American troops marching on Christmas Eve.

I have never had it that hard - not in the worst firefight or the most suck-fest army school that I have been in.

Many of them died on the march. They say the road was red in blood from frost bitten feet. All for some still unknown form of government promising vague freedom.

Something to think about tonight while having your Christmas Eve meal...

1 posted on 12/24/2011 11:36:22 AM PST by 2banana
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To: 2banana
From an Army vet,
Thanks for your service and a poignant message for Christmas Eve.
2 posted on 12/24/2011 11:49:19 AM PST by Baynative (The penalty for not participating in politics is you will be governed by your inferiors.)
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To: 2banana

Thank you for the post, 2B. Merry Christmas to you, from a fellow old crochety warrior.


3 posted on 12/24/2011 11:53:31 AM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: 2banana

My gggggrandfather marched that day and crossed with Washington into Trenton for “the taking of the Hessians”(as he stated in his Rev. War pension app. now in the National Archives).

That was a crucial day for the Colonists, a badly-needed ray of hope for a bedraggled army.

God Bless them all.


4 posted on 12/24/2011 11:53:31 AM PST by Jedidah
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To: 2banana
"If there are any Shoes and Blankets to be had in Lancaster or that part of the Country I earnestly entreat you to have them taken up for the use of the Army."

To THE PRESIDENT OF CONGRESS,Camp near Potts Grove,September 23,1777
General George Washington

5 posted on 12/24/2011 11:53:47 AM PST by mdittmar
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To: 2banana

If anyone hasn’t read it, I highly recommend David Hackett Fischer’s Washington’s Crossing. EXCELLENT read for the historian and NON historian alike. The footnotes are as fascinating as the text.


6 posted on 12/24/2011 12:02:55 PM PST by gemoftheocean (...geez, this all seems so straight forward and logical to me...)
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To: 2banana

This is worth the time if you haven’t seen. Newt Gingrich speaks about Valley Forge. “VICTORY or DEATH”

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=qtjfMjjce2Y


7 posted on 12/24/2011 12:09:13 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: duffee

I should have stated that the part of this that is pertinet to this thread at the 7:09 mark and runs to the end of the tape at 9:46. Although this worth watching in it’s entirety.


8 posted on 12/24/2011 12:25:45 PM PST by duffee (NEWT 2012)
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To: 2banana

Thanks, Im gonna spread it around if you don’t mind.


9 posted on 12/24/2011 12:31:05 PM PST by waterhill (Hey kitten!)
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To: 2banana
Excellent post. I've read many accounts of the march, but David McCullough's 1776 is the best.
10 posted on 12/24/2011 12:31:05 PM PST by Dysart
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To: 2banana

11 posted on 12/24/2011 1:22:31 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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12 posted on 12/24/2011 1:28:45 PM PST by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: 2banana

I have always wanted to go to “The Crossing” re-enactment. This year I get my wish.
Merry Christmas


13 posted on 12/24/2011 1:32:39 PM PST by certrtwngnut (It's not the people who vote that count, it's the people who count the votes. (Josef Stalin))
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To: 2banana

Including a Frenchman whose only “dog-the-fight” was a desire that all men be free of tyranny. And whose grave I visited last Summer with a great sense of respect. http://www.friendsoflafayette.org/about_us.html


14 posted on 12/24/2011 2:22:46 PM PST by Portcall24
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To: waterhill
Thanks, Im gonna spread it around if you don’t mind.

No - free for all to use. 2banana

15 posted on 12/24/2011 2:35:38 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: 2banana

Thanks brotherman, Merry Christmas!


16 posted on 12/24/2011 4:57:27 PM PST by waterhill (Hey kitten!)
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To: gemoftheocean

In case someone thinks Washington was not a good commander. He had trouble with large formations, but as tactician he shows himself to be on a par with Stonewall, at least on this day. Salut, general Washington! And merry Xmas,


17 posted on 12/24/2011 7:09:33 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: Portcall24

Too bad he wasn’t the politician that Washington was. France needed someone with at combination of gifts. Instead they found Napoleon.


18 posted on 12/24/2011 7:12:04 PM PST by RobbyS
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To: Jedidah

What a grand legacy of family history you have-—I am so disgusted with the whining of citizens today and the continuous polls that go up and down daily for Presidential contenders and on the worth of the worthless in my White House (who is basking in the sun on the taxpayer dollar), while millions cannot find work to feed their families—yes, many of us stood cold,wet night watches at sea and on land on a Christmas Eve and didn’t think about it (other than we would rather be doing something else)—it was just part of the job we enlisted for-—with the crybabies today I fear we will never win another major fight when it comes-—may God Bless all who ever served and those who will love this country enough to stand and fight for it in the future-—I pray the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is not the train that will destroy us all (surely will be if the Obanamation is back for 4 more years)-——guess I have had too many years of of voters putting crap into the running of America-—Normandy vet


19 posted on 12/24/2011 10:48:22 PM PST by cmomm44
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To: Jedidah

What a grand legacy of family history you have-—I am so disgusted with the whining of citizens today and the continuous polls that go up and down daily for Presidential contenders and on the worth of the worthless in my White House (who is basking in the sun on the taxpayer dollar), while millions cannot find work to feed their families—yes, many of us stood cold,wet night watches at sea and on land on a Christmas Eve and didn’t think about it (other than we would rather be doing something else)—it was just part of the job we enlisted for-—with the crybabies today I fear we will never win another major fight when it comes-—may God Bless all who ever served and those who will love this country enough to stand and fight for it in the future-—I pray the ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ is not the train that will destroy us all (surely will be if the Obanamation is back for 4 more years)-——guess I have had too many years of of voters putting crap into the running of America-—Normandy vet


20 posted on 12/24/2011 10:48:32 PM PST by cmomm44
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To: cmomm44

Thank you, sir, for your service.

My dad served with you in France. Those were terrible times, and I honor you and your buddies for what you did for us and for the rest of the free world.

Merry Christmas.


21 posted on 12/25/2011 12:33:27 PM PST by Jedidah
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