Essay -1776 by David McCullough

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1776 by David McCullough

“Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.” This quote in a letter to James Madison, from George Washington, on March 2nd, 1788, explains that once the push for liberty comes through and change is made, it is like the snowball effect. At this point of the war, there were constant losses for the Continental Army they were lacking faith and hope for their liberty. The soldier’s enlistments were also very near to their end and time was going by fast; many were prepared to leave and not signing up again. Overall, the Continental Army was headed towards failure. They needed something to give them a push in the right direction. The battle that raised high spirits in the army was The
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He believed that the Hessians were completely safe in Trenton and at no risk of being captured. He was so surprised that after he found about it, he took actions in his own hands. All of these factors that helped the Continental Army were all possible because of Washington’s great leadership and knowledge and strategies of battle. Trenton was the battle that had the most affect on the course of the revolution because after it, the Continental Army became very high spirited and strived for success, many were persuaded to continue their term with the army as a soldier and renew their enlistments, and with George Washington’s tactics, strategies, and leadership, they were able to capture over 900 hessians that would have otherwise been aid to the British. Trenton was most certainly one of the best events for the army during the battles. Every soldier needed that reminder to never give up and to fight for their country. However, it wasn’t always a happy and cheerful time. There may have been some really dark moments for the Continental Army in the process, but in the end, they all wanted liberty more than anything. The road to revolution may not have an easy one, but battles and events like Trenton really showed people that there really was something worth fighting for and that it would all pay off in the end, and most certainly did.


McCullough, David G. 1776. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.

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