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George Washington
War Date Signed Free Frank of Gen. George Washington to Gen. John Glover, the Man Who Rowed Him Across the Delaware Docketed by Glover with Washington’s name and the date - July 28, 1780
28/07/1780. Uncommon to find both men’s handwriting on one pieceAt the start of 1776, John Glover and his experienced Marblehead seamen became the 14th Continental Army Regiment and in July joined George Washington and the bulk of his forces on Long Island. In a series of maneuvers, British General Sir William Howe outflanked the Americans driving them back against the East River until they were nearly surrounded. Their only hope was to somehow escape across the river to Manhattan. During the night of August 29, Glover and his Marbleheaders ferried 9,000 Continental troops and all of their equipment, guns, horses, and cannon, at night and under adverse weather conditions. More defeats compelled the Americans to flee across New Jersey into Pennsylvania, with the British in pursuit. However, when Howe was unable to get across the Delaware River, he closed his campaign for the year and marched back to winter quarters in New York City. To occupy the conquered colony of New Jersey, the British general left behind a chain of individual garrisons, the principle one of which was at Trenton. Washington grasped quickly the flaw in the British strategy: by establishing separate posts along the river, the British forces were divided and lay wide open to raids. He determined upon a daring plan to cross the Delaware on Christmas night, dash down to Trenton and smash the Hessian garrison stationed there.But could Washington’s army and weaponry navigate the ice-strewn Delaware River to reach the opposite bank? The answer again depended on John Glover, whose knowledge and experience of … [Click Below for Full Description]
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