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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Aug 2021 9:20 p.m. PST

… the Country, Formed the Navy, and Rowed Washington Across the Delaware

"On the stormy night of August 29, 1776, the Continental Army faced capture or annihilation after losing the Battle of Brooklyn. The British had trapped George Washington's forces against the East River, and the fate of the Revolution rested upon the shoulders of the soldier-mariners from Marblehead, Massachusetts. Serving side by side in one of the country's first diverse units, they pulled off an "American Dunkirk" and saved the army by transporting it across the treacherous waters of the river to Manhattan.

In the annals of the American Revolution, no group played a more consequential role than the Marbleheaders. At the right time in the right place, they repeatedly altered the course of events, and their story shines new light on our understanding of the Revolution. As acclaimed historian Patrick K. O'Donnell dramatically recounts, beginning nearly a decade before the war started, and in the midst of a raging virus that divided the town politically, Marbleheaders such as Elbridge Gerry and Azor Orne spearheaded the break with Britain and shaped the nascent United States by playing a crucial role governing, building alliances, seizing British ships, forging critical supply lines, and establishing the origins of the US Navy…"


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William Warner08 Aug 2021 11:16 a.m. PST

Sounds good.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2021 11:32 a.m. PST

Eureka makes the Marbleheader infantry.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2021 3:23 p.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend…


T Corret Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2021 3:47 p.m. PST

George Whitefield, the 18th century evangelical, was less complimentary. He said they were men of "Marble heads and Marble hearts."

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP08 Aug 2021 5:08 p.m. PST

Hard men. grin

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