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"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales
painting by Katie Bergenholtz

American Revolution, Part 3: Washington Crosses the Delaware

The boys learned about Washington's crossing the Delaware river for a surprise attack against the Hessian forces at Trenton New Jersey. We noted that the story included horses being a part of the forces that crossed by boat, and that was a fact that I had somehow forgotten. They were not carried over in small boats, however, as depicted in this famous painting, but on barges.

Emanuel Leutze's painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware (1851)
We discussed some of the historical inaccuracies of the painting, and about it being not a realistic, but a stylized depiction of the crossing.
Then the boys reenacted the scene of the Hessian soldiers celebrating...

 and not noticing the American soldiers coming across the Delaware.
(Looks a little like the painting, doesn't it?)



 The Americans caught the Hessians unaware.

They also added some interactive maps to their history notebooks.

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2 comments:

  1. I love it.

    So, we're restarting our American history because I've discovered they retained nothing of the exploration time period or anything like that from the last curriculum, but they're remembering so much more from our new one.

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  2. What a wonderful painting. I guess barges would not have romaticized the story so well! Your blue and white soldiers are making me smile!

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