The Winter Patriots: Trenton and Princeton Campaign, 1776-1777. George Washington's crossing of the icy Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 is one of the most remarkable and well-known events in American military history. "The Winter Patriots" looks at not only this pivotal moment of the American Revolution, but also the battles and challenges confronting Washington and his army at places like Trenton and Princeton. Starting during the summer of 1776, the story follows the Continental Army as it is repeatedly defeated and driven from New York, south across New Jersey towards the Delaware River. After crossing over the Delaware River on Christmas Day, Washington's Continentals swiftly defeat three different armies at three different battlefields around Trenton and Princeton. Washington's lightning campaign, coupled with timely guerilla actions, completely unhinged the British position, forcing their precipitous retreat back towards New York. This fast paced presentation includes cutting edge animation, historical imagery, and live action footage, much of which was filmed with Hessian, British, and American re-enactors in the deep snows of New Paltz, New York. The production has been made possible through the generous financial support of the F.M. Kirby Foundation of Morristown, New Jersey. Wide Awake Films. Copyright 2015. Running time 27 minutes.
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