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Princeton Battlefield Society event- “Washington’s Birthday Celebration with White House Association Historian Ed Lengel”
Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 7:00 pm
Washington’s Birthday Celebration with White House Association Historian Ed Lengel
The Princeton Battlefield Society will celebrate the Birthday of America’s first President with a special presentation by Ed Lengel, the Chief Historian with the White House Historical Association and previously the Editor of the George Washington Papers at the University of Virginia. His topic will be, “George Washington’s Finest Hour: Trenton and Princeton, 1776-77.” For more information click here.
Lengel has written several award-winning books including, First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His—and the Nation’s—Prosperity (2016); Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918 (2015); To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 (Henry Holt, 2008); and General George Washington: A Military Life (2005). He writes regularly for Military History Quarterly, American History and other periodicals, and has made television and radio appearances on The History Channel, Fox News, and National Public Radio.
Lengel explains that “George Washington famously lost more battles than he won as a battlefield commander during the Revolutionary War, and he has often been presented as a better administrator than a tactician.” However, he noted, “His performance during the 1776-1777 Trenton-Princeton campaign was brilliant by any standards and is still taught to cadets at military academies today.” Lengel’s book on Washington’s military life, tells the story of this campaign and its place in Washington’s military legacy.
This is the first of three educational forums planned by the Princeton Battlefield Society in 2018. They are made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State and the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
A donation of $10 is requested. 2018 Members of the Society are invited as guests, but must pre-register.