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So Necessary a Post… So Much a Thoroughfare: Trenton in the American Revolution
September 20 at 7:30 pm
“’So Necessary a Post… So Much a Thoroughfare’: Trenton in the American Revolution,” a lecture by Larry Kidder
In the winter of 1778, while his main army was encamped at Valley Forge, General George Washington sent his brigade of light cavalry to Trenton for the winter, not realizing just how much the town had suffered from its contributions supporting the war to that point. Although the town leaders were patriotic, they were so overwhelmed at the prospect of maintaining the horsemen that they begged Washington to send the cavalry elsewhere; they knew the demands on the town and its people would only get worse as Trenton continued to be so important to the success of the Revolution. Because of its location in western New Jersey on the main road connecting the New England and Southern colonies, and because of the constant presence of Washington’s army in New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania, Trenton played a huge role in the American Revolution. Larry Kidder is the author of Crossroads of the Revolution: Trenton 1774-1783.
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