Today is the anniversary of The Battle of Long Island, our first battle after The Declaration of Independence was signed. It was a horrendous loss for America. There was really no chance we could have won: we were outnumbered three to one, out-gunned as well – and untrained to boot. It would’ve been our last battle if not for the fortitude of Commander-In-Chief George Washington, who managed to retreat his remaining troops across the East River in one night. This is a lesson we can all learn from: Never give up! Washington “lost the battle but won the war.” In fact, he lost many battles. But this one is the most amazing to me.
If you’d like to know more about the battle and the retreat, check out my book By The Sword. It tells the true story of Benjamin Tallmadge, a young teacher who gave up his career for the cause. It also deals with his emotions in a very real way that can certain be related to now.
If you’re having a hard day, I can guarantee that The Continental Army’s day was even harder in 1776. Take a moment and think of our troops who guaranteed our liberty, at much cost to them. I wonder what they would say about our country today.
Bye for now.