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Washington's Crossing by David Hackett Fischer
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Apr 28, 10

Read in April, 2008

Begins with a description of the famous picture of GW in a boat crossing a river, but I had no idea what the event was part of. He was crossing the Delaware River to attack the Hessians on Xmas day. I was under the common mis-info that the Hessians were drun. Hackett deftly paints the story leading up when the colonists army was DOWN by 90%. With the turning point of this attach, the army went on the offensive and did some guerilla warfare -- appropo against a larger, well-disciplined foe. The author uses material not referrenced elsewhere for some nice comments--such as a Hessian general "out of action" for a few days at the house of a widowed colonist -- at a critical time. Pretty thorough, but the story does not drag.
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