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“In truth, men were dreadfully dispirited.”

December 10, 2014

Many had given up, in addition to the 2,000 who had refused to sign on again after December 1. Hundreds had deserted. Many of those left were sick, hungry, altogether as miserable as they appeared.

To Charles Willson Peale, walking among them by the light of the next morning on the Pennsylvania shore, they looked as wretched as any men he had ever seen. One had almost no clothes, “He was in an old dirty blanket jacket, his beard long, and his face so full of sores that he could not clean it.” So “disfigured” was he that Peale failed at first to recognize that the man was his own brother, James Peale, who had been with a Maryland unit as part of the rear guard. — David McCullough, 1776, pg. 263.

To learn more about Charles Willson Peale and his Philadelphia Associators, attend the “To Princeton with Peale” event at the Old Barracks Museum on January 2, 2015. It’s all a part of Patriots Week, Trenton’s week-long celebration of the city’s pivotal role in the fight for independence.


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