Between the pages of his math exercise book John Barstow jotted down a patriotic tune called “The Amaricans Challing” on January 2, 1777. Carefully written in a youth’s unsteady hand, the text appears to be a transcript of a popular camp song from the Revolutionary era. How this declaration of patriotism found its way into Barstow’s math lessons is unknown. The book is filled with conversion tables for weights and...
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Explore in depth Paul Revere’s 1770 print “Brittish Ships of War Landing Their Troops, 1768” and check out Paul Revere’s related propaganda print of the...
Gilder Lehrman Collection curator Beth Huffer discusses General Washington's 1776 orders for troops to march to Trenton. This copy of Washington’s orders, with a map of Trenton drawn on the back, belonged to Henry Knox, chief artillery officer, and was written in his own hand. The Collection also holds Knox’s firsthand account of the battle, in a letter written to his wife Lucy on December 28.