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Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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November 1776

Fall 1776
General George Washington moves most of his army to White Plains, New York.

General Nathanael Greene convinces George Washington that a contingent can hold Fort Washington, New York.  

Nov. 16, 1776
“The misfortune of losing FortWashington, with between two and three thousand men, will reach you before this, if it has not already,” Nathanael Greene writes to Henry Knox about the devastating loss of Fort Washington in New York. 

Greene had joined George Washington with two other generals to scout for a new position, which led them to cross the river. Just as they stepped into the boat, the British appeared on a nearby hill and began to fire. 

“There we all stood in a very awkward situation,” Greene recalls. “But his Excellency thought it best for us all to come off together, which we did, about half an hour before the enemy surrounded the fort.”

Nov. 21, 1776
“Sir, I have this moment arrived at this place,” George Washington writes the governor of New York from the Aquackinack bridge.

Washington is in a place he never wanted to be--on the run with his army. His immediate purpose is clear. He must inform the governor of New York of his most recent decision. “After the unfortunate loss of Fort Washington, it was determined to evacuate [nearby] Fort Lee.”

Nov. 28, 1776
British General Charles Cornwallis and his army take Newark, New Jersey, and pursue George Washington and his army to New Brunswick. “However, we were lucky enough to gain the bridge before them; by which means we saved all our men, but were obliged to leave some hundred barrels of flour, most of our cannon, and a considerable parcel of tents and baggage.”

Nov. 29, 1776
On this day Samuel Adams notifies his wife Betsy that he is on the king's most-wanted list. 

I am told that Lord Howe has lately issued a proclamation offering a general pardon with the exception of only four persons: viz Dr. Franklin, Col Richard Henry Lee, Mr. John Adams & myself. . . If it be a fact I am greatly obliged to his Lordship for the flattering opinion he has given me of . . . being . . . obnoxious to those who are desolating a once happy country for the sake of extinguishing the remaining lamp of liberty . . and for the singular honor he does me in ranking me with men so eminently patriotic.”


Celebrating 240 years since 1776, adapted in part from Stories of Faith & Courage from the Revolutionary War (AMG)

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