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Diary entry from a member of Washington’s staff

December 25, 2011

Christmas, 6 p.m. — The regiments have had their evening parade, but instead of returning to their quarters are marching toward the ferry.  It is fearfully cold and raw and a snow-storm setting in. The wind is northeast and beats in the faces of the men. It will be a terrible night for the soldiers who have no shoes. Some of them have tied old rags around their feet; others are barefoot, but I have not heard a man complain. They are ready to suffer any hardship and die rather than give up their liberty. I have just copied the order for marching. Both divisions are to go from the ferry to Bear Tavern, two miles. They will separate there; Washington will accompany Greene’s division with part of the artillery down the Pennington Road; Sullivan and the rest of the artillery will take the river road.

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