RevWar Roundtable

The Princeton Regional Revolutionary War Roundtable meets the second Saturday of every even month (February, April, June, etc....) at the historic Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648 for more information, contact roger@princetonsar.org

"...all the boats there put in the best Order..."*  

The Delaware River Crossings


The world knows of THE crossing... now come hear of the many, many crossings, December 1776

 

Business meeting: Saturday, April 13, 2024  8:30 to 9:15 am


Where: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville, 2688 Lawrenceville Rd, Lawrence Township, NJ 08648

When: Saturday, April 13, 2024 9:30 to 11:00 am

Cost: Contributions will be collected for the use of the space at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville and the Princeton Chapter SAR Education Fund supporting local schools.


Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River from Pennsylvania to New Jersey on Christmas night 1776 has become one of the iconic events of the American Revolution – aided by Emanuel Leutze’s 1851 painting of the event. Aside from the many erroneous elements of the painting, it is also important to understand that THE crossing was just one of many crossings made by American Patriot forces during December and that there were no British crossings. The story of the need for, and the timing of, the December 25 crossing includes earlier and subsequent ones that together enabled the success of the Ten Crucial Days that gave us the battles of Trenton and Princeton. This talk will explore some of the research findings made in pursuit of this very interesting, little-known, and important story.


Speaker: William L. Kidder served four years of active duty in the US Navy. He is a retired high school history teacher who taught for forty years and is now a volunteer at the Howell Living History Farm. Larry is the author of seven books about New Jersey’s Colonial and Revolutionary eras, including A PEOPLE HARASSED AND EXHAUSTED, TEN CRUCIAL DAYS, and CROSSROADS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. He has also written about New Jersey’s farming history and a book for young readers, THE BELGIAN DRAFT HORSE CHESTER: A Story of Friendship.  Learn more at wlkidderhistorian.com

*This phrase was in a letter sent by George Washington to Colonel Richard Humpton on Decemr 1. 1776. The sentence reads in part, "You are to proceed to ...Trentown and to see all the boats there put in the best Order..."