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29 Dec 2018 2:37 p.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian29 Dec 2018 2:36 p.m. PST

Which battle best represents Washington's skill as a general?

Winston Smith29 Dec 2018 3:27 p.m. PST

Trenton. The whole campaign.

Personal logo StoneMtnMinis Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 4:37 p.m. PST

Trenton and Princeton, the Seven Days campaign.

95th Division Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 5:54 p.m. PST

+1 for Trenton-Princeton campaign

Normal Guy Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 6:46 p.m. PST

+1 more for Trenton/Princeton

Personal logo ColCampbell Supporting Member of TMP29 Dec 2018 8:38 p.m. PST



Personal logo Florida Tory Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 5:36 a.m. PST

Me, too.


23rdFusilier Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 6:14 a.m. PST

Agree, Trenton and Princeton.

But a case can be made for the Yorktown campaign.

rustymusket Supporting Member of TMP30 Dec 2018 8:52 a.m. PST

Trenton and Princeton campaign. It made good use of a combination of strategic movement and battlefield tactics of any of his battles and created victories.

RebelPaul31 Dec 2018 8:54 a.m. PST

One more vote for Princeton.

Winston Smith31 Dec 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

We kind of run out of ideas once Trenton Princeton is brought up. grin

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 10:45 a.m. PST

Long Island or Brandywine Creek

PzGeneral31 Dec 2018 3:36 p.m. PST


42flanker Supporting Member of TMP31 Dec 2018 8:22 p.m. PST

Apologies. Misread the brief. Skill levels can be high or- not high.

Winston Smith01 Jan 2019 9:58 a.m. PST

You were right the first time.
Trenton and Princeton shows great skill and daring.
Brandywine shows he hadn't learned much about flank security from Long Island.

The Yorktown campaign was mainly Rochambeau's idea. Washington wanted to assault New York and had to be talked out of it. But then, once he came around, he was quite skillful. It's amazing how he was able to move his army from New York to Virginia in such a short time, and still deceive the British in New York.

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP01 Jan 2019 5:39 p.m. PST

I was being polite.

oldnorthstate02 Jan 2019 10:33 p.m. PST

Trenton Princeton are good examples to a limited degree…1st Trenton was well conceived, although helped immensely by the weather…same is true for 2nd Trenton…if the weather doesn't take a dramatic turn during the night Washington probably doesn't bring off his artillery and perhaps gets caught by Cornwallis…Princeton was an accidental meeting engagement.

Not much of a "battle" but I think the capture of Stony Point was his greatest single achievement…but that's the point, capturing the "Gibraltar" of America with minimal losses and avoiding a bloodbath is something of an achievement.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2019 12:00 a.m. PST

Trenton/2nd Trenton/Princeton

42flanker Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2019 9:53 a.m. PST

The coup de main at Stony Point was deftly done but wasn't the position abandoned a short time later?

(PS. I suppose Anthony Wayne should take some credit)

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