Edward Nagler 2016 Auto Biography Project
Path to War
The Game's not over Yet
Our heads are hung low. We're starving, we're sick, we miss home but there's no turning back. Men's contracts in the army are running out and we are near surrender. We must motivate our men to stay. We are losing lots of ground in New Jersey. On Christmas Eve we plan a surprise attack on the British and the Hessians. We decided to attack a Hessian Camp on Christmas Morning in hope of getting an easy victory. At dusk we start to head towards Trenton. We row across the Delaware River and at eight A.M. we make our attack. Most of the Hessians were sleeping and after an hour we had conquered over one thousand Hessians! Maybe things aren't so bad after all. The winter is nearing and after watching me take care of my troops General Washington promoted me to Quarter Master of the Army. I reluctantly took the job however I wasn't excited to feed and clothe the army. As winter is nearing I must find a place to shelter the army. General Washington and I decided on Valley Forge, a property with big fields to camp. The winter was cold and times were tough but we got through it. As we won more battles I requested to be stationed at West Point as a General and got the job, but Washington told me to not get comfortable there. Little did I know, the war was about to be in my hands.