What are the “Ten Crucial Days?”     

In December 1776, a mere six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, General George Washington's fledgling American Army and the cause of liberty were on the verge of being extinguished. A disastrous New York campaign that fall had resulted in the loss of more than half of Washington’s troops, as well as the confidence of Congress and his fellow citizens. Retreating through “the Jerseys” with the remnants of his ragtag Continentals, Washington and his soldiers sought refuge on the west bank of the Delaware River, having narrowly escaped King George III's British troops and their Hessian auxiliaries. Doubling as peace commissioners, British General William Howe and his brother, Royal Navy Admiral Sir Richard Howe, reasoned that further bloodshed was unnecessary. They assumed that the rebellious American soldiers—many of whose enlistments were scheduled to expire at year's end—would no longer be able to offer any significant resistance. Settling into winter quarters, General Howe ordered his regiments to set up a string of cantonments posted through the Jerseys.  

George Washington saw something very different... Taking stock of his army’s desperate situation, the rebel commander-in-chief would launch his forces into a series of victorious engagements, of which British historian Sir George Otto Trevelyan later wrote, “It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world.” That space of time—December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777—encompassed “Ten Crucial Days” that changed the course of history.

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Lecture – ‘She Had a Husband in the Camp’: Following the Army During the War for Independence

March 19 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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On Sunday, March 19 at 1:30 PM, join Carrie Fellows, Executive Director of the Hunterdon County (NJ) Cultural & Heritage Commission as she examines the life of the women who…

March Book Club: Occupied America: British Military Rule and the Experience of Revolution

March 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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In partnership with the Friends of Washington Crossing Park the next meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, March 20 2023 at 5:30 PM.…

Author’s Congress

April 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Authors, historians, and eighteenth-century enthusiasts unite on the 240th anniversary of the end of the American Revolution for a blended conference of literary celebration and scholarly discussion about this complex…

April Book Club: Betsy Ross and the Making of America

April 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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In partnership with the Friends of Washington Crossing Park the next meeting of the Washington Crossing Historic Park Book Club is set for Monday, April 17 2023 at 5:30 PM.…

Lecture – Royal Refugees, the Doan Gang of Bucks County

May 7 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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On Sunday, May 7 at 1:30 PM, Washington Crossing Historic Park welcomes curators Annie Halliday and Clint Flack from the Mercer Museum to discuss the notorious Doan gang, their background,…