that has never been explained is what actually started the Revolutionary
It's never been
published before for a reason that you will shortly read about.
Almost every war
is started by some event (or related group of events) that focuses attention, polarizes
the masses, drives people to outrage and then elevates it until one or
both sides declare war. The English and Americans had no such event
or that is how it appears. They had been at odds for dozens of years.
The same disagreements that started the Revolutionary War had been going on for dozens of years, some had been going on for over 100 years. So why did it start in 1776 and not before?
entered WWII because of how Pearl Harbor angered the
nation to enter a war that had been going on for years.
The Kidnapping and impressing of American sailors into
slavery on English ships for the rest of their shortened
lives was largely responsible for the War of 1812. There
is not a recorded single atrocity during the early part
of 1776 that could have driven the Americans to frenzy and
to war, or was there?
There was and you are about to
read it but not a 'sound bite' so it will take a few
minutes to read it. But first...
Why did George Washington stand up while crossing
That's a simple one and he
actually did this even though falling out would have probably been fatal.
The ice was in large chunks
that had piled up until there were just a few breaks in
it which the boats could traverse. It was not moving and had become
a maze of 3 or 4 foot high ice blocks with ice shards that stood up to 5
feet high and blocked the view of what lay ahead.
Sitting in the boats you could
only see a wall of ice all around you. Standing up was needed to even
see where the gaps in the ice were but most of those ended in blind alleys
or low bridges of ice that kept the bergs separated. They had to get across the river and do it
fast as there were 20 man patrols on the other side which was strongly
held enemy territory. It was called something like 'Little Germany' and
the name held even after the war
picture of the Delaware River is how it wasn't. The river was not solid ice that a person could
walk across like this is and there wasn't a bridge.
The river looked a lot
like this photo on the left but It was in the middle of a stormy
night. It took hours to ferry everyone across.
So it was even darker than
this retouched photo.
The gaps between the icebergs
were often bridged by ice which kept them apart. That ice was low in the
water and not visible to a short man even standing up in a boat. The gaps
in the ice formed hundreds of blind alleys with all but a few ending in
walls of ice. And the pattern continuously changed. Someone had to stand up to even see over the icebergs.
In order to wend our way
through this maze George Washington needed an intelligent man who was both tall and
had good eyesight to be able to stand, look over the ice and then down
for the low bridges of ice and then calculate in the most likely and closest
passages, calculate to avoid coming out on the other side of the river
near any of the patches of trees (you can in the paintings) that could
hide 200 Hessian troops. The man had do this all very quickly in order to get to
the other side before the irregularly timed Hessian patrol came along.
All this time the person needed to not panic even though he was the prime
target for a long rifle on either side of the river and about 200
yards up or down it. The Hessians equipped their morning patrol with long rifles.
In the middle of asking his
men for volunteers 6 ft. 4 inch tall George realized that he was the most qualified. Since George
Washington always chose the most qualified man for the specific job and
never asked his men to do what he wouldn't do himself he finished and
said 'lets go, I'm going to do it myself'. The people in the front row
said 'you are crazy (many were not regulars) they (the Hessian patrol
they were expecting) can't miss you or your white hair and the
(officers) coat. So Washington agreed to pull his hat down which he did not do
and use a blanket to cover his uniform but it came off to the side which can
easily be seen the big version of Washington Crossing
The second most qualified man was
the only one who was taller but I did not have as good of eyesight and
my mind tended to wander. Washington put me on the bow where my long
arms made me the most qualified since I could push off the ice. I
was given a 50/50 chance that I would need to take over for a fatally
wounded commander of our Army. However I was not a professional soldier.*
That kind of consideration
for others is what made George Washington the most respected of all leaders
and held the Army together until victory was obtained in spite of all
odds being against the army and the nation ever surviving.
Damn straight, George Washington stood up
in the boat all the way across the Delaware.
They went single file with
his boat in front. On that stood our George Washington, a prize six foot
four target who was pushing aside the ice with his sword which showed
any and all that he was a high officer. It was a very easy shot for anyone
with a rifle on either shore and back 100 yards in the woods. Worried? He was shaking
from fear by the time the boats reached the far shore but it lasted for only a
few seconds and he was right back to being George Washington, solid as
That is where the inspiration
for the painting came from. What I want to know is who gave the painter all the
details since he did not paint it until the 1850's, seventy years after
the Delaware crossing. A few of the major items are off but not the details. So
someone filled him in. There were
500 men under the age of 20 and there was at least one 12 year old (but
they mainly carried ammunition and supplies). Some of these brave men
would still have been alive 70 years later. I guess I have my answer as to who provided the details.
This doesn't explain why we
even went across that river in the first place since we could have taken
a longer but a much safer route.
Part of it was to make the mercenaries
think they were safe because the army gathered in Pennsylvania and across
the Delaware River, not in New Jersey where they were camped.
Remember the 1,000+ Hessian
mercenaries that Washington captured
at Trenton? Nobody doubts that but what happened to them after the battle? Nobody really
knows for a fact. By their own account at least 900 of those 1000 Hessians
never existed. The Hessian's account (near the bottom on this page)
states 17 were killed and 78 wounded at the Battle of Trent but
no number at all was entered in the 'missing category' and there is no mention of men in the 'taken
prisoner" category when someone should have entered
1000 somewhere. That is a lot of men to make no mention of at all. That number
of disappeared men grew until by the end of the war when there were about
12,000 Hessians effectively unaccounted for out of 30,000. Let's find
out what happened to them.
The Hessian Government actually
enlisted the mercenaries (or got them to accept their being drafted) for the English in
1775 with the understanding that they could rape, pillage and kill people,
as was the standard practice in Central European wars after a battle, when
they took over enemy territory. This technique was used to punished the other sides supporters
but it was not standard practice for occupying troops in a friendly
nation that was not at war with the motherland. Most of the Hessians had been promised a bonus for each
American soldier they killed equal to (I think) about about three months
wages for a working man in lieu of wages. There were at least three big selling points for the enlistment program
of the Hessians. Also, it was made clear to all the Hessians when they signed
up exactly what they were expected to do and it wasn't to act as a policing force in a country full of nice people. The Hessian government wanted to save
money so they also conned many of their own cons (many were convicted criminals) into accepting bonuses for killing Americans in battle instead of pay. However, they 'forgot' to tell the men that there was
no war going on so they could not earn bonuses. (This absence of pay is
backed up by most historical accounts but later the English kept the bonus
information quiet.) So the Hessian mercenaries came to America expecting
a war. Since there was no war and many of them had no money they started a war. This is really how the Revolutionary War got started.
The Hessian troops started
right away with robbery and then highway robbery (compete with disguises
and speaking in a Hessian dialect), then stage robberies, then they started gang raping any and all women in order to
start that war.
For 218 years there has been
a division and a disagreement going back and forth across the Atlantic
as to whether England or America started the Revolutionary War. Now that
question can finally be laid to rest. Neither of the two countries started
that war. It was the unpaid and under paid Hessian mercenaries that started it.
Then after the war started
the mercenaries took advantage of the fact that not many American soldiers had uniforms
in order to murder civilians and claim that they were soldiers so they could collect bonuses.
The English drew the line when
the Hessians started killing American women and dressing them up as men. They
only found out about the women, who were raped by gangs of Hessians before
they were murdered, when we tipped them off to what the Hessians were
doing! The English did nothing except inspect the bodies more closely
to make sure they were all men. Then all American's within 20 miles of
their forts moved away so the Hessians ran out of people they could murder.
Then the Hessians killed a bunch of their own suppliers, mostly American wagon
drivers. That caused the most unusual alignment imaginable. The drivers
who were still Tories and supporter of England's cause temporarily aligned
themselves with us Americans in order to hatched one single plot.
The wagon drivers held back
the Hessians liquor delivery for four days until the Hessians were going through
withdrawals and many were in DT's. Then some of Washington's men helped the wagon drivers spike all the liquor and then sent the
entire load late that afternoon to Trenton, on the day before Christmas...and about 15 hours before our attack.
George and his men 'spiced'
the liquor with Jimsonweed
(Jamestown) Weed which has a drug similar to Atropine in it so it create's
a delirium not unlike DT's only a lot worse.
When our troops arrived the next morning some of the mercenaries
were crawling around on their hands and knees banging their heads into
the walls because they couldn't even see. All the others were either passed
out or too busy talking to God to notice who had entered their barracks.
The U.S. Army back in the last
century developed a synthetic version of Jimson weed called 'BZ' and it
works the same way. In war games a guard under the influence challenged the
other sides approaching army by asking them for the password. The other
side said 'You tell us what the password is.' The entire attacking force just walked around the guard
while he was still trying to figure out what to reply. The US not only
has BZ but they still seem to be testing other drugs related to Jimson
weed such as atropine and scopolamine.
Current goals and research
programs are unclear. However it was revealed last year that the US Army
was testing atropine and scopolamine on 55 military personnel at Edgewood
Arsenel. The Army denied that either drug could cause hallucinations.
This information only serves to confuse the Army's intentions - the ability
of atropine and scopolamine to cause delirious states similar to the anti-cholinergic
hallucinogens has been well known for many years. What seems further to
confuse the situation is that researchers at Edgewood Arsenel published,
in 1973, a comprehensive paper showing the behavioral effects of atropine,
scopolamine, and Ditran, (an anti-cholinergic hallucinogen) to be indistinguishable
from each other. [Psychoparmacologia (sic), vol 28 p 121]. The subjects
were 158 Army enlisted men. The general properties of the drugs were described
to subjects before testing. Here
chemical warfare agent turned around the entire war. We never would have
become a nation other wise. The Hessian's had inspired George Washington to
use this chemical warfare agent but they were much better at using
biological warfare agents than we were. They made hollow miniballs that
they packed with bacteria and viruses. They started the smallpox epidemic
that killed 120,000 people with these hollow miniballs packed with smallpox
virus although apparently in this
paper and the book they now blame it just on the English. The English
started it and used a very inefficient method until the Hessians came
along with their BW weapons and their hollow miniball delivery system.
The early English method could still be used so I wont say what it was.
This chemical warfare is why only four Americans
even got wounded at Trenton and the four were all wounded while charging one artillery
position. The Hessian's only got off one shot during that battle. Without the poisoned drink
it would have been impossible to take over their fort without
sustaining major casualties.
Some historians state that the mercenaries at Trenton were drunk. That is not an issue. The Hessians were all alcoholics and opium addicts. They were known to go into battle drunk. It was said by most that they fought braver and better
when they were drunk or on opium.
There is nothing that can
disable an entire army without losing a single man other than nukes, biological
or chemical warfare. Nothing as one sided as 'The Battle of Trenton' has ever happened
in the history of warfare before or since.
The accounts you might read of the battle
of Trenton were figments of people's imagination. They were allowed in order to keep the role of Jimson weed a secret
in case we needed to use it again. Using Jimson weed and/or then keeping it a secret was not a moral issue at all.
No one had ever captured mercenaries
before Trenton. Regular troops always killed mercenaries since they were literally
hired murderers, not normal troops. So mercenaries usually fought
to the death. Only a few were ever captured in any battle and they were
usually wounded or caught indisposed (while going to the bathroom in the
bushes). At the battle of Trenton they were drugged so over 1,000 (actually
it was 1,200-1,300) were easily captured and that had never happened
before. In fact they were hallucinating so badly that almost none of them realized
they had been captured even while they were being chained up. Capturing
1,000+ murderers for hire shocked all of Europe and since the use of Jimson weed was kept
a secret in case we needed to use it again against another invading
army the English never found out how we managed to capture an entire army of Hessians. This is the first time the curtain
has ever been lifted on one of the best kept secrets of the United States
Do you still not believe me? Ok, the Hessians had won every
battle and yet at Trenton they suffered at least 17 killed. So how did that happen without one American getting killed and only four getting wounded?
They would have slaughtered the Americans, most of which had wet powder
in their guns if they had only been asleep or drunk. They were in 40
homes (30 with locks) and they had loaded guns. It's impossible to take
over 40 homes without one warning shot being fired.
Since that spiced liquor had
been delivered that very afternoon the Continental Army had to attack
before morning or not at all. Drugging the mercenaries never would have worked a second
time and the wagon drivers would have been all shot. That is why Washington
took a great chance, first by crossing the Delaware standing up, then forcing
that long march and finally attacking those thousand men while everyone was totally
exhausted and with wet powder.
The wagon drivers had also delivered
half empty bottles of turpentine with food and other supplies as well
as the liquor. Later the wagon drivers told
the English that when they arrived at the fort the Hessian were such alcoholics
that they were drinking turpentine as a substitute for their normal drink. Turpentine, I guess
is an accumulative poison that created similar outward appearances to
Jimson weed poisoning so the wagon drivers got off the hook. That info might be in the
The liberation of 42 beautiful
American women that the Hessian's had kidnapped for the obvious purpose sealed
the fate of every captured Hessian from then on until the end of the war.
There are at least 5,000 Hessian
graves somewhere and the incident behind them was a cover up.
Approximately 5,000 Hessians
settled in North America, both in the United States and Canada - some
because their commanders refused to take them back to Germany because
they were criminals or physically unfit. Here
To my knowledge all of the 5,000 Hessians that
are said to have settled in America did so but six feet under.
The treaty at the time, as with all treaties, required the English to take
their soldiers with them when they left. It's standard practice. Can you
imagine 5,000 murderous mercenaries roaming the America countryside? They
would have constituted an army which could have taken over the country.
There had been perhaps a dozen or so that deserted at the very beginning
of the war that were allow to stay on but that was all. A few did go to
Canada but the rest of the 5,000 participated in a big cover up because
they were dead.
George Washington said this
about the mercenary Hessians. 'They have no business in this war and
most don't know or care one way or the other or even know why they are
here. All they know and they will tell you this to your face, is that
they are here to kill people for the money. That makes everyone of those
son-of-bitches' a self admitted murderer. The penalty for (premeditated)
murder is always hanging but we ran out of rope.' *
The English were so disgraced
by what had become of the women that George Washington rescued from the Hessians that
they were actually ashamed. Then that combined with the previous exposure
of the Hessians murdering and using the bodies of American women to make
money almost created a revolt within the English army. To prevent further trouble
from then on the Hessians were mainly used as garrison troops which mean't
they were virtually imprisoned in forts and pretty much taken out of the war.
Most American's thought the
Germans would send a huge Army for revenge but George knew the German
government as military leaders must know the enemy. George used a bear
analogy 'If you put your hand in the mouth of an injured and angry bear
and he bites it off would you blame that bear or yourself for placing
your hand in his mouth in first place?'
It was a warning to all European
countries not to invade America since we did not play by the rules which
had made war a game in Europe. You might have noticed that England had
to fight the War of 1812 without Hessian mercenaries. If they had them they would
second for the position of standing up in the boat was the only man taller
than him but Washington had better eyesight so I gracefully agreed to
be his back up and since I had the longest reach at 6' 4" I took
the bow and pushed off the ice. Dressed like a dandy (my wife said I had
to dress for the occasion) I was the laughing stock of our troops and
voted the most likely to be shot by our side due to my clothes. I was also voted the second
to be shot by the other side. Some men said I was more likely overall
to be shot since even a bullet intended for George from the other side might
fall short due to wet powder, inaccurate ranging or drunkenness. You can
see my soft leather riding boots, gentleman's hat and my snazzy form fitting
fur lined coat best in the large version of Washington Crossing
the Delaware. My wife thought the dramatic red scarf made me look like
a hunk but the soldiers thought otherwise.
More on the boots. Compare
my riding boots with George's shinny hard ones and you can tell that they
are soft. I'll tell you this I'll never wear soft boots again. Those soft
boots split after we crossed the river. While crossing I used them to push away ice and
you see the high heels which slipped right off the ice and into the water
so that the boots got drenched, then they froze hard as a rock. When we reached
the other side and I started to walk the ice broke into shards and they
cracked the leather. Then the leather itself tore as I marched to my death
at the hands of the Hessians. Even now I am wary about wearing soft leather
boots. I was in many major battles of that War and some of the battles of
the War of 1812. In the middle of this act of self depreciation I remembered
that I had not dressed for this occasion.
I need to explain that before the battle we were
at a meeting when several of us militiamen were tapped on the shoulder. We went out the back to horses and we had no idea what was going on,
where we were going or what we were going to do! We rode and took a stage for
three days not knowing where we were headed or when we would stop.
Only two people in the world knew that we were even going to attack Trenton
and author of Declaration of Independence was not one of them. Only George
Washington and the other general knew. Not even their aides knew. That
is about the only way you might have a fair chance of keeping an attack a secret.
**This is what George Washington told Congress
but it's not at all what happened to the Hessians. Nobody could figure
out what to do with them.
So George Washington was put in
charge of them while the forefathers negotiated to sell them back to Hessia.
Hessia balked at paying our stated rate (maybe $200 per man) except for one
officer so the forefathers continued to negotiate with them. In fact we kept lowering
our request until it was about $50 per and then we realized they would
probably pay us not to send them back. Hessia wanted to get rid of them
in the first place and had impressed (drafted) most of them. Almost all of
them were either alcoholics, drug abusers, idiots, insane, degenerates,
and/or criminals. We Americans valued human life so dearly that no one had even
thought of this before and now we were trying to sell the mercenaries back to Hessia with graduate
degrees in rape, murderer and mayhem.
George Washington was also
put in charge of the 40+ women. Of the 40 that he liberated, 6 of them
killed themselves when they were released and before he could do anything
about it. 24-26 were deemed by two doctors as being hopelessly insane.
When he or his men approached them they would spit and try to bite the Americans
so our men had to back off. These women had been tied up when they were raped so
spitting and biting was their only defense. It happened so often
that spitting and biting became their automatic reaction whenever any man approached them. Each
of these American women needed two female nurses (these were all black
ladies from George's Plantation) twenty-four-seven to prevent them from
It took 200 American soldiers
to watch the Hessians and George needed those men in the field. George Washington
wanted to hang all the mercenaries. He was spending too much time managing the
insane asylum and America's first pow camp (the later he felt was a nuisance).
He remained stoic. However by holding back 5-15 different emotions it affected
him so much that he literally could not talk. His heart was too big, his
skin too thin and his independent streak too wide to deal with all of
the issues and do it fairly.
We were about to lose our most
brilliant commander. (Read the proof of his brilliance on this
page) To try to make him laugh, so he would feel better, I made an offhanded
remark to him: 'You should give the women butcher knives and let them
show the prisoners who's boss'.
In today's world some husbands
and wives argue over who waters the lawn. We did not have lawns but we
had great big buck deers that were shot by the husbands. These needed to
be dressed and carved it up. Where the dividing line fell between the
man's job of shooting the deer and the wife's job of cooking the deer
was often a big source of arguments.
The three places where the
line got drawn would determine if the wife dressed the deer and carved
it up or if she just carved it up or if the husband did both jobs. Unless
the deer was shot within a mile of home the man had already dressed it
(drained the blood and gutted it). If he had done that then a wife not
seeing the amount of work involved often wanted to split the carving part of the
work with her husband. In the later case he was considered a sissy to do that as well as shooting and dressing the deer. However
if it was a large deer he was cruel if he wanted his wife to carve it
by herself. Just moving a large deer around on a table in order to carve it could break or certainly
strain a woman's back. In the case of a large deer the gentlemanly thing
to do was to offer to assist the wife in carving the deer but not to
make it a habit. In fact as a lawyer I defended more women than you would believe for carving up their husband over a deer. In fact deers caused more major cases than almost anything other than alcohol. In any case the killing of a deer 200 years ago was a lot more complicated than deciding
who waters the lawn today.
The joke that people said which ties this altogether was: 'Don't tell your wife to dress
and butcher your big buck deer or she may show you who's boss when she
takes the knife to her 'dear' big buck.'
I'd say I was self programmed
to see every thing from a point of view of what was right rather than
a point of view of the legality of a situation. George Washington
just thought that my off handed remarks always made perfect
sense. So when he was about to pull out his hair looking for a solution
to the Hessian problem he seized upon my off handed remark as if it was
gospel: My remark to Washington was a new version of the saying we had. It was: 'You should give the women butcher knives and let
them show the Hessians who's boss'. It started him to thinking along a
different track for a solution than he had been thinking about.
He decided that since it was
the Hessians that made those nice women insane then they should be made
to cure them.
Eventually, the negotiations
with Hessia fell through completely and George Washington being a man
of action did not wait to implement a plan he had conceived of before
the forefathers had a chance to even think. He had the Hessians all lined
up and tied together. They thought they were going home to Hessia. Then
he brought out the 24 women that had been their victims. The women
immediately started screaming in fear and emotional pain but when they saw the Hessians
were all tied together their screams changed to hissing and finally to
screams of anger and rage. Then Washington's men gave all the women their 18" bayonets
and set them loose on the Hessians.
That is all it took for 19
of the 24 women to fully regain their sanity to the degree that they could then go home. George Washington
told me all this and I was pretty shocked about it but as I recall
he said that they were immediately cured. The rest took a bit longer but
soon they were all cured. He said the women only killed a few hundred Hessians.
(The recall of this memory is still too vague to remember what happened
to the rest of the mercenaries.)
I do remember this information:
Hessia owed money to the main German government and to pay it off the German government
had made the Hessian government send them troops in the first place. After our
realizing that the Hessians might even pay us not to return their soldiers
the German government or Holy Roman Empire, since they were a party to
the whole affair, made us an offer. Then they sent us a lot of gold
bars that paid for 14 months of the war to cover up the whole incident
which mean't we had to keep it out of the press.
(We never let the Germans
forget what had happened though. When he was president George Washington
always made certain one of these ladies attended state functions when
Germans were present and introduced her around to the Germans. I asked
him why he undiplomatically introduced them and he replied 'because it
gives them a black eye every time'. He also had a version of this statement which
involves something which is so physically impossible for a woman to do
to a man that I won't include it. Then during Adams, my administration and Monroe's
invited these ladies to their affairs. Monroe's wife trumped us all by inviting five of these survivors every
time. I asked Dolley Madison why so many and she said 'it's not for the
German's'. I said 'It's not?' It almost floored me when she explained
that it was to entertain the other ladies with their incredibly lurid
stories which us men found far too appalling to ever mention around our
women because it might precipitate what we called 'a condition'.)
A lot of people have heard
how the French spent a lot of money on the Revolutionary war. They put
everything they had into it for four years. Now you are about to learn
why the French thought the American Revolution was that important.
Three events got the French
into the Revolutionary war. One were mass graves of people that the English
had killed. They were discovered and for some reason it was associated
with the Caribbean. The second was an English privateer's confiscation of
an American vessel. It had several French aristocrats on it and the privateers
confiscated their jewelry. That was unacceptable piracy. Then England
took their percentage of the sale of the jewelry and yet refused to return
the jewelry or prosecute the privateers. The French may have eventually gotten
some of the jewelry but the pirates went free. The King was related to one
of the women and did not like what happened at all. I think several of the
women were raped including that relative of the King of France. About the same time as this came to light the news of the women
who were rescued from the Hessians as well as what happened to them got
to France. That sent the French right through the roof.
The French were/are completely
intolerant of men who abuse women. On top of that the Hessians targeted
women who were married, young, of high class or who were married to clergy
simply because these ladies were not likely to have syphilis. That was seen as doom for all nuns and Aristocratic women if Germany and/or England
ever invaded France. Those were the wrong two groups for the English to alienate. So this
is what caused the French to charge with full support on America's side.
The French got off the first ships asking 'which way to those Hessian
I also remember telling George
that it was good idea to bring several of the women to a meeting of the states
to destroy nay sayers and to defend their honor, which meant to show that they
were ladies and were not prostitutes as the English had counter charged.
I was at the party and a young
lady approached to thank me for being able to tell her side of the story.
She was a music teacher who traveled a circuit teaching piano, harp and
I think the lute when she had been kidnapped by Hessian's on the
road. She was 'incurably insane' but was now composing music again. She
was filled with good nature and had full a reverence for others. She was with
another one of the 40 women who had gone home early because she was deemed not insane.
The one who had gone home early was clearly far less well adjusted than the music teacher who participated
in the massacre of Hessian prisoners. The one who had gone home early and her husband who was a minister were attacked
since clergy, who did not carry weapons to defend themselves with, were
often targeted by the Hessians. The Hessians had singled them out on the road, kidnapped her
for her good looks and murdered her husband for the money his body brought
from the English when they dress up his body to look like an American