Christmas Day, 1776

As the sun set on Christmas Day, Washington’s army, including Mordecai Gist and the bedraggled remnants of Smallwood’s Battalion, made its way toward the Delaware River . . . The water had begun to freeze near the shore, and even sections in the center of the river were covered in ice. Yet the men followed their general without complaint.

p. 113, Washington’s Immortals: The Untold Story of an Elite Regiment Who Changed the Course of the Revolution

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