December During the Revolution

December 16, 2007

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December seems to have been an important month for most of the years of the Revolutionary War. The following is from the museum at Mount Vernon, Virginia:

  • December 1776 – Washington crossed the Delaware River and captured Trenton, New Jersey.

  • December 1777 – Washington’s troops entered Winter Camp and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.

  • December 1778 – Britain carried the war to the southern colonies by occupying Savannah, Georgia.

  • December 1779 – British General Clinton sailed from New York harbor to Charleston, South Carolina with 50,000 troops.

  • December 1783 – General Washington “voluntarily” stepped down as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army.

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Happy Birthday Marines

November 10, 2007

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Formal commemoration of the birthday of the Marine Corps was begun on November 10th, 1921. That date was chosen because it was the date that the Second Continental Congress resolved in 1775, to raise two battalions of Continental Marines. The rest is history, as this plaque memorializes the Marines of the Battle of Princeton.

Continental Marines Memorial, Princeton, New Jersey

“DEDICATED TO THE CONTINENTAL MARINES WHO FOUGHT WITH GENERAL WASHINGTON’S TROOPS DURING THE BATTLE OF PRINCETON JANUARY 3, 1777”

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Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

May 25, 2007

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Many of the military officers of the American Revolution patterned their service on the life of this ancient legendary Roman, Cincinnatus, of 458 BC, who left his farm at the call of his country during a war emergency. At the ending of the Revolutionary War, the Society of the Cincinnati was formed by many of these first American “citizen soldiers” with General George Washington as the society’s first president. The Ohio city of Cincinnati was named in honor of the Society by its founder who was a member of the prestigious organization.

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America’s First and Greatest Hero

February 22, 2007

“First in war, first in peace, first in the hearts of his countrymen.”

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George WASHINGTON (1732 – 1799) was born on February 22, 1732, at “Popes Creek”, a home that his father had built in the 1720s in Westmoreland County, Virginia. In 1770, “Popes Creek” was renamed “Wakefield”, and on Christmas Day of 1779, Washington’s birthplace burned to the ground, leaving only the crushed oyster shell foundation remaining. George Washington was raised there and in Fairfax and King George Counties, Virginia.

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Mount Rushmore Carving

February 19, 2007

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George Washington, America’s first and greatest president, is one of four American presidents carved into the granite at Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.

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The Washington Tomb

February 17, 2007

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Tomb Entrance, Mount Vernon, Virginia

George Washington died in his bedroom at Mount Vernon on December 14th, 1799. His will directed that he be buried on the grounds of his beloved estate where he had selected a site for a new brick tomb to replace the original burial vault which was badly weathered and succumbing to the elements. However, the new tomb was not completed until more than thirty years later. It was in 1831, that the earthly remains of George and Martha were removed there. Every day from April through October a wreath laying ceremony is performed at 10 am and 2 pm in tribute to America’s greatest leader.

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Washington’s Obelisk

February 15, 2007

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A grateful nation remembered a great patriot, warrior and president, George Washington of Mount Vernon, Virginia, by erecting this great obelisk to his memory in their nation’s capital. George Washington’s birthday once was celebrated in this land with great fanfare on February 22nd. Today George Washington’s birthday seems to have been forgotten or remembered only as “Presidents’ Day”, while men of lesser importance to our nation’s birth are accorded a day unto themselves.

However, not everyone has forgotten the greatness of the man Washington. At his old plantation home on the Potomac River, General George Washington will be receiving birthday greetings in person, as he did so graciously in olden times. MountVernon.org

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Watching the Crossing

January 21, 2007

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Six months after celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George Washington’s army was nearly vanquished. He had lost ninety percent of his men and the American Revolution was almost lost. The world’s most powerful military had routed the Americans at New York, was in occupation of three of the new American states, and it was marching on Philadelphia. When George Washington was driven across the Delaware River, panic and despair was abroad throughout the new republic.

However, General Washington, and some others, did now allow the ‘Spirit of 76’ to die. As British and Hessian troops marched across New Jersey, the people of that former colony took a stand against them. On Christmas night of 1776, when a terrible winter storm struck, George Washington saw opportunity. He led his men back across the Delaware River where they ferociously attacked the Hessian troops at Trenton, killing and capturing nearly one thousand soldiers. A second battle of Trenton followed within days and then, when Lord Cornwallis counterattacked with his very best troops, the Americans held them off. Giving no quarter, under cover of night, Washington sent his men behind the enemy’s lines and struck them again, defeating them at Princeton, New Jersey. After twelve weeks of fighting in the dead of winter, the British army was severely damaged, its strategy ruined, and the psche of its leaders broadly shaken. New Jersey was freed from British hold.

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Baltimore Remembers Washington

December 10, 2006

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America’s first Washington Monument Decorated for Chirstmas

Baltimore continues to remember our first president, George Washington. Christmas Season 2006 finds Baltimore’s Washington Monument all decorated for the season at Mount Vernon Place in Baltimore, Maryland.

The people of Baltimore built the first large-scale monument in the nation to George Washington in 1809, just ten years after his death. Read of the history of the Washington Monument at Mount Vernon Place, Baltimore.

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George Washington

December 7, 2006

George Washington as seen at a Christmas Open House 2006, Washington DC.

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Religion played the major part in the observance of Christmas by George and Martha Washington at Mount Vernon. Occasionally they attended church on Christmas morning at nearby Pohick Church, returning to Mount Vernon for dinner. During his first year as president, George Washington attended Saint Paul’s Church in New York City on Christmas day, which fell on a Friday.

There were no decorated Christmas trees at Mount Vernon as the first one did not arrive in Virginia until 1842, when a German professor at Williamsburg displayed one. Obviously that custom caught on fast. There were no stockings hung by the fireplace awaiting Saint Nicholas, as that was a part of Dutch New York, and not a tradition in Anglican Virginia. However, the Virginians managed to have a happy time bringing together family and friends with good food and a day of respite from work.

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