Thursday, March 30, 2017

Things I saw in Victoria and Washington Crossing the Delaware to Trenton

(I saw many things cruising around Victoria, Canada.  I saw this cool street mural.)

"On Christmas Day in Seventy-Six
Our ragged troops with bayonets fixed
For Trenton marched away
The Delaware sea!  The Boats below!
They lights obscured by hail and snow
But no signs of dismay."  -The Battle of Trenton, Anonymous
(I saw the inside of this pub...believe me, this photo is better.)

"Our object was the Hessian band
That dared invade fair freedom's land
And quarter in that place
Great Washington he led us on
Whose streaming flag, in storm or sun
Had never known disgrace."  -The Battle of Trenton, Anonymous
(I saw this awesome James Joyce street poster... Beer and Bloomsday!)

"In silent march we passed the night
Each soldier panting for the fight
Though quite benumbed with frost
Greene, on the left, at six began
The right was led by Sullivan
Who ne'er a moment lost."  -The Battle of Trenton, Anonymous
(I saw, yet another, Sasquatch... enough with this big hair ball already.)

"The pickets stormed, the alarm was spread
The rebels risen from the dead
Were marching into town
Some scampered here, some scampered there
And some for action did prepare
But soon their arms laid down."  -The Battle of Trenton, Anonymous
(I saw a cool old jalopy.)

"Twelve hundred servile miscreants
With all their colors, guns, and tens
Were trophies of the day. -The Battle of Trenton, Anonymous
(Then I saw another cool old jalopy.)

"The Frolic o'er the bright canteen
In center, front, and rear was seen
Driving fatigue away."  -The Battle of Trenton, Anonymous
(Then I stood for a long time looking at this old miner with a Steve Martin arrow sticking through this skull wondering where the world 'jalopy" came from?)

"Now brothers of the patriot bands
Let's sing deliverance from the hands..." -The Battle of Trenton, Anonymous
(Until finally I gave up and saw this nifty T-shirt shop... and went looking for Wild Things.)

"Of arbitrary sway
And as our life is but a span
Let's touch the tankard while we can
In memory of that day."  -The Battle of Trenton, Anonymous
(Let the Wild Rumpus Start!)

The Battle of Trenton was a small but important victory during the American Revolutionary War when George Washington famously crossed the Delaware River in the early morning of December 26, 1776 and captured the Hessian soldiers garrisoned at Trenton.  It was a much needed boost for the Colonial army.  The indelible image of Washington crossing the Delaware is burned in the minds of many Americans to this day.  I often think about Washington, doing what must be done for the sake of his country.  He is a very personal inspiration to me.


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