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Lecture: David Price “The Road to Assunpink Creek: Liberty’s Desperate Hour and the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution”

October 15, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

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As part of the Fall 2019 Lecture Series sponsored by the Sons of the
Revolution in the State of New Jersey, David Price will speak about his
book “The Road to Assunpink Creek: Liberty’s Desperate Hour and the Ten
Crucial Days of the American Revolution” on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 PM.
Books will be available for purchase in the Quartermaster’s Store Gift
Shop.

The Road to Assunpink Creek puts a spotlight on what may be the most
unappreciated moment of a young nation’s revolutionary struggle when George
Washington’s army narrowly escaped destruction to keep alive its fight for
American independence

Perhaps no military action in our country’s history is more paradoxical
than the one on the road to Assunpink Creek, and at the bridge that crossed
it, in the sense that its obscurity in the public mind and neglect by many
historians is so disproportionate to its impact on the course of a conflict
with global implications. The Battle of Assunpink Creek on January 2, 1777
was the second in a sequence of three victories by George Washington’s army
during the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution—the period from
December 25, 1776 through January 3, 1777. Those rapid-fire triumphs, the
first significant successes by the Continental Army, reversed the momentum
of the war when it appeared that America’s quest for independence from
Great Britain was on the verge of total defeat.

In this deftly crafted narrative, the author explains how Washington’s
desperate gamble paid off when the Continental Army fought a daylong
running battle against a militarily superior foe and made a successful
stand with its back to the Delaware River, avoiding the very real threat of
total defeat and setting the stage for a dramatic counterattack against a
surprised enemy. Price weaves what we know about these events into an
exciting and unforgettable story and illuminates what most historians treat
as an afterthought.

The full lecture schedule is:
All lectures begin at 7 PM and the Museum Shop opens at 6:30 PM
Tuesday, October 15: David Price – The Road to Assunpink Creek
Thursday, October 24: John Gilbert McCurdy – Quarters
Tuesday, October 29: Hal Taylor – Before Penn
Monday, November 4: Kenneth Gossard – Thalers and Pence
Thursday, November 14: Peter Stark – Young Washington
Thursday, November 21: Joyce Malcolm – The Tragedy of Benedict Arnold

Details

Date:
October 15, 2019
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Website:
https://tockify.com/barracksevents/detail/2/1571180400000

Venue

Old Barracks Museum,101 Barrack St, Trenton, NJ 08608, USA
2 Barrack St United States + Google Map