TLBTV: The American Vision – Christmas Night 1776

The American Vision – Christmas Night 1776


Wishing a Blessed Christmas to One and All

The patriots at The American Vision and The Liberty Beacon wish everyone and their loved ones much love and blessings on the Day of Our Savior’s Mass. That is what Christmas is really all about. The secular leftists say Christmas is evolving and is not a religious feast day. Nothing could be further from the truth. The secularists are presiding over their version of a commercialized abomination as we witness not evolution, but regression of morals and values.

Christmas Night 1776

George Washington led what was left of his army across the Delaware River in the middle of a blizzard to attack a Hessian outpost in Trenton, New Jersey on Christmas night in 1776. This attack turned defeat into the promise of eventual victory. Emanuel Leutze immortalized Washington’s crossing in his painting of 1851. Many agree that while Emanuel Leutze’s painting is dramatic, it has a number of historical inaccuracies, including the width of the river, the time of day, the weather and the design of the boats used in the crossing.

George Washington praying before crossing the Delaware …

No one can make no claim to expertise on Washington’s crossing. Many historians believe the American crossing of the Delaware used Durham boats which were large flat-bottomed boats utilized to carry cargo such as ore, pig-iron, timber, and produce from upcountry mines, forests and farms down the Delaware River to Philadelphia’s thriving markets and port. Robert Durham, an engineer at the Durham Iron Works in Reiglesville, Pennsylvania, supposedly designed a prototype for these large cargo boats as early as 1757. Washington wrote to Governor Livingston of New Jersey, directing him to secure “Boats and Craft,” all along the Delaware side for his anticipated crossing.

The Durham boats worked fine for transporting troops. Nevertheless it appears the same boats were used for other purposes. Lt. Col. John Fitzgerald wrote in his diary,

The troops are over, and the boats have gone back for the artillery. We are three hours behind the set time.”

Washington’s army transported 18 field pieces across the Delaware. The American army relied on artillery more than the British using cannon as a “force multiplier.” Several sources describe cannon being secured on Durham boats, while David Hackett Fischer’s “Washington’s Crossing” suggests that barges were used for the artillery and horses.

Two American Presidents crossed the Delaware in the same boat. Washington was rowed across with the troops in a boat under the command of Captain William Blackler, arriving on the New Jersey river bank prior to the artillery. It seems most probable that Washington, like most of the troops, traveled by Durham boat. Leutze’s painting shows Washington standing in the boat. The depth of the Durham boat effectively requires that everyone aboard stand, as the gunnel would be waist high, unlike the boats shown in Leutze’s painting.


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About TLBTV Show Host and TLB Project Contributing Author … Author of  ’20/20 A CLEAR VISION FOR AMERICA’

Bill Muckler is a long-time contributor is The Liberty Beacon Project and has appeared on numerous TLB radio and TV shows. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri; graduated from Christian Brothers College High School (an Army Junior ROTC School) and received a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at Mizzou, he spent two years in Air Force ROTC.

Bill entered the USMC Officer Candidate Course in Quantico, VA upon graduation and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant; spent four and one-half years on active duty, and then eleven years as a Ready Reservist. He holds the permanent rank of Captain and held a Top Secret Security Clearance.

As an entrepreneur, Bill founded Muckler Typographic Corporation in St. Louis, MO. He was the owner and operator of that small business which provided typography services for Ad Agencies, Art Studios, Printers and Lithographers for ten years.

Bill has been a Work Process Management Consultant for 40 years and eventually an owner and director of his consultancy. His firm assessed business operations, conducted management and leadership training, and implemented process solutions as a problem solver in energy, mining, manufacturing, construction, fabrication, assembly, technology, food processing, health care and communications at more than 300 locations over the past 40 years.

Bill has three children: Angela, Christa and Christian; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He has lived in St. Louis, Columbia, Ferguson and St. Charles in Missouri. Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. Panama City, Marco Island, St. Augustine and Cocoa, Florida. He has worked in, visited or travelled to 45 states, eleven countries and numerous islands in many seas.

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