Mandeville, LA – “These Are The Times That Try Men\’s Souls” December 23, 1776 — for those of you that are history majors and attend your history lessons every day by visiting this radio show or by visiting MikeChurch.com and all the stuff we link to in the posts, how many of you know what was going on on December 23, 1776?
The Continental Army had been thrashed. It had been thrashed, ambushed by 20,000 to 25,000 British regulars and 10,000 Hessian mercenaries at Long Island, led by Admiral Lord William Howe. Howe was planning to ambush Long Island, where Washington thought he was dug in enough to defend the island. Only a miraculous fog allowed Washington to escape back over to Manhattan Island, and then across the other river to the mainland and to flee yet again all the way through New Jersey, then across the Delaware River into Pennsylvania. In the process, Washington had lost about 10,000 of his men of a 20,000 man army. These were horrible times. The Continental Army, in other words, was just about beaten.
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