Sunday Word “Der Fiend, Heraus! Heraus!” - Lt Andreas Wiederholdt . Christmas Day 1776 The Hessian, Lt Andreas Wiederholdt, saw Adam Stephen's men coming at him. You know Adam Stephen? He created Martinsburg WV about a year after this moment, naming it after a passive loyalist, nephew to Lord Fairfax. He was Lt Col stationed at Fort Cumberland MD under Colonel George Washington in the Virginia Regiment in the French and Indian War. . But the day before? Adam Stephen almost blew it. He ordered a revenge attack on some Hessians the day before the Christmas attack. This could have alerted the Hessians there was a large American force nearby, but maybe Adam Stephen figured the Hessians would just look at it as no real threat. .
. Crossing the Delaware Christmas Eve was still going to happen.
(Picture by Kunstler.) . And it sure helped His Excellency, General George Washington to read several days before surprising the Hessians in Trenton Christmas Day: . You've heard these words before: . "These are the times that try men's souls: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." . "Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." .
. And he has freedom to walk the town. . He isn't going to escape. . He and the other prisoners know about the Indians in the wild nearby. . Ctrl F for Indians to find quote by German diarist, Lieutenant Johann Ernst Prechtel who writes, “Indians and other wild people” could be found as close as fifty miles away. . http://www.rasnickfamily.org/thehessianbarracks.pdf . 2nd source: . Lewis N. Barton, The Revolutionary Prisoners of War in Winchester and Frederick County, Men and Events of the Revolution in Winchester and Frederick County Virginia, Vol. IX, 1975. p. 46. .
. It’s Fort walls were stripped to build homes in the area. . Other pieces of wood live on allegedly in a gavel held by the French and Indian War Foundation and in toys carved by Nail. . Source: Catherine Glass Greene's "Winchester, Virginia and Its Beginnings, 1743-1814", Page 92 . . Look for John Nail carvings of Fort Loudoun wood in this story:
. Back to Wiederholdt at Fort Loudoun Winchester VA. . He steps off this map. . Compare this map with the 2nd map made by Wilbur S Johnson. . The 2nd map is an overlay. Local historian Willbur S Johnson made this overlay. This show you how accurate Wiederholdt was in stepping off this map. .
. Wiederholdt Map
. Overlay Map by Wilbur S Johnson
The 2nd map is an overlay. Local historian Willbur S Johnson made this overlay. This show you how accurate Wiederholdt was in stepping off this map.
signed by Thomas Paine with psuedonym, “Common Sense” which was the name of a previous pamphlet, was read aloud to the Continental Army on December 23, 1776, three days before the Battle of Trenton, to bolster morale and push neutrals and loyalists toward the cause: . https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_American_Crisis . .