Ed Lengel, Chief Historian of the White House Historical Association, will be the speaker at the Princeton Battlefield Society’s Washington’s Birthday educational forum on February 22 at the Princeton Friends School. The presentation, “George Washington’s Finest Hour: Trenton & Princeton 1776-77,” will start at 7 pm for pre-registered attendees.
Lengel was Professor and Director of the Washington Papers project at the University of Virginia. He has written several award-winning books including, First Entrepreneur: How George Washington Built His—and the Nation’s—Prosperity (2016); Thunder and Flames: Americans in the Crucible of Combat, 1917-1918 (2015); To Conquer Hell: The Meuse-Argonne, 1918 (Henry Holt, 2008); and General George Washington: A Military Life (2005). He writes regularly for Military History Quarterly, American History and other periodicals, and has made television and radio appearances on The History Channel, Fox News, and National Public Radio.
Lengel explains that “George Washington famously lost more battles than he won as a battlefield commander during the Revolutionary War, and he has often been presented as a better administrator than a tactician.” However, he noted, “His performance during the 1776-1777 Trenton-Princeton campaign was brilliant by any standards and is still taught to cadets at military academies today.” Lengel’s book on Washington’s military life, tells the story of this campaign and its place in Washington’s military legacy.
This is the first of three educational forums planned by the Princeton Battlefield Society in 2018. They are made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission/Department of State and the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
With limited seating, attendees must pre-register online at www.pbs1777.org or by sending information to the Princeton Battlefield Society. P.O. Box 7645, Princeton, NJ 08543. A donation of $10 is requested. 2018 Members of the Society are invited as guests, but must pre-register.
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