We are going to take a break from the war on land and see what the Continental Congress was up to as it attempted to create an American navy. Naval actions occurred on the inland waterways of the northeast, American frigates and converted civilian vessels attempted to distract the Royal Navy with varying degrees of success, and privateers roamed the Atlantic and waters around North America preying on British merchant shipping. The roots of the United States Navy reach back to the revolution, so it is worthwhile paying attention to this story. If you have questions, comments, or concerns, drop us a line at email@example.com or drop us a review on ITunes. Thanks for listening!
The Continental Army was defeated and running out of steam in December, 1776. With the British on their tail, Washington put the Delaware River between himself and the British. Thinking that the Continental Army was done, the British went into winter quarters. Goaded by militia raids in New Jersey, Washington chose a plan of action and raided the Hessian garrison in Trenton, New Jersey. Defeating the Hessian's at Trenton, Washington's victory convinced the British to abandon New Jersey. It was a great victory and rekindled the fighting spirit of the Continental Army. If you enjoy this podcast, please leave a review on ITunes. If you have any questions, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for listening!