There is so much powerful and interesting aspects about the War of Independence in 1776- deciding which 7 is pretty difficult.
The mystical fog that landed on the Hudson River, which helped General Washington to go from Brooklyn across with his troops unseen and unheard into the Manhattan island, is a miracle in itself. This event was one of many turning points. Prior to the risky crossing, General Washington was seen on his knees praying to God for help, which he did received: meteorologist confirm, a thick fog to help shield the patriot rebels presence from being detected by the British.
What about Ben Franklin who was a womanizer drunk but manages to get America fishing rights in Canada?
Both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington had a cruel mothers.
How about if the British had won? What would they have done to our beloved 5 star General and our first President, Washington? The details are upsetting: it involves a public execution in London.
These 7 events I share are most intriguing for me when I first learned about it.
7. The conflict between Benjamin Franklin and his son, William Franklin
Although many Americans are aware about the father and son quarrelsome relationship, many are unaware about William Franklin’s involvement in a terror group.
Ben Franklin is clearly on the side for independence from the motherland Great Britain. His son however, never took that route of creating a new nation independent from the crown. The father disowned his son, however taking care of his grandsons while William Franklin was in prison.
When William Franklin was released from the American jail in 1778 as part of a prisoner exchange, he became even more radical to the British cause. William set up a new residence in New York, a stronghold British territory. The British named William Franklin president of the Board of Associated Loyalists, a formation who is dedicated to spreading terror and killing the patriot rebels in cold blood.
6. Alexander Hamilton, perhaps the most intelligent and should have been president
A general in the US Revolutionary War. The first Secretary of the Treasury. Created the nation’s first financial system- and first Bank. Creator of the New York Post newspaper. Creator the US Coast Guards. Begin to end the slave trade in the North and founded “The New-York Society for Promoting the Manumission of Slaves.” The society was among the anti-slavery organizations that petitioned Congress in 1791 to limit the trade in slaves, and though the effort failed, it paved the way for a 1799 law that was the first step toward the one eventually freeing all of New York’s slaves by 1827.
Alexander Hamilton also placed George Washington’s name on the ballot as a presidential candidate. (Behind his back!) Thomas Jefferson, hopefully thanked Hamilton for his endorsement. Without it, Jefferson wouldn’t have been the nations 3rd President because he was consider too “secular.”
Hamilton also had an affair for over 20 years with his mistress and died during a duel. A duel challenged by Aaron Burr– who did NOT go to jail but his career was ruined.
Did I mention, Hamilton is an orphan from the West Indies? Talk about the American dream! He became a business owner as a child. Then while at sea for his new boat company, he written about a vicious storm at sea- it landed in the newspaper! The impressive young writer/ business owner caught attention from wealthy investors in the Northeast, requesting Hamilton to leave the West Indies and join them in America.
5. King George in a straitjacket?
The prideful King who couldn’t let go of his 13 colonies went bananas towards the end of the war up til his death.
King George has never seen sea. Such royal eyes shouldn’t be near such danger. His British Empire, however, was larger than the Roman Empire 2,000 years earlier and his men most certainly seen first hand the dangers of the ocean. The King will not be humiliated nor will he lose it’s world power hold by some dirty farmers with outdated weapons!
When reality began to sink in that the British was losing, the King became uncontrollable. His doctor, Dr. John Willis would place the king in a straitjacket to control him. Sometimes he even tied the king to a chair and gagged him. Often conducting conversations with people long dead, King George talked endlessly.
The King lost weight, his urine was purple and his physical health rapidly declined, racing against his mental state.
4. The (many) edits of the Declaration of Independence
Beautifully written fighting words, Thomas Jefferson did get some help from Benjamin Franklin on word choice.
The 33 year old Virginian had to tone down his idea of ‘sacred and undeniable’ to ‘self-evident’- a master improvement by Ben Franklin. Which it now reads:
‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
3. Moral standards: General Washington remained loyal to his wife throughout their marriage
The war was long, stressful and could get lonely. There has been many occasions where the general was even enchanted by beautiful women- especially since he has been far away from his wife.
One in particular stands out, her name is Peggy Shippen.
Many powerful men fell for this young woman’s charms. Including, Alexander Hamilton, her future husband Benedict Arnold and even General Washington himself.
It wasn’t just her looks that drew the men’s attention, but her mannerism and ability to elegantly veil her opinion about the war. (She favored the loyalist cause and secretly rejected the stride for independence. Her romance even included a British officer, John Andre.)
George Washington understands his example is very important. He is more than a role model, but a leader who will set the bar high when molding the American man. One quality is self-control. The general remains faithful to his wife, something all American men strive to do. This is just one of many traits American men picked up (or attempt to imitate) from the Founder.
2. Thomas Jefferson’s lover is also his sister in-law?
Although Jefferson has never acknowledged his relationship with Sally Hemings, it is clear they had more than just romance. They had 6 children together and she happened to be his wife’s half-sister.
After Jefferson’s wife passed away, he sought comfort in a young slave girl named Sally Hemings. Sally is described to be “fair skin mixed with long brown hair and very beautiful.”
The clear signs of this romance is: Sally having managed to move to Paris, France and live there as a free slave, but instead, willingly returned to the United States pregnant by Jefferson as a ‘slave’ to have more children with Jefferson.
Jefferson is known for keeping record of all his slaves, their children and parents. He did keep a record of Sally’s children but she is the only one that has the ‘father’ section is left blank. (That would be because Jefferson was the father.)
Most recent proof is The Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which issued a public statement in 2012:
“….years after his wife’s death, Thomas Jefferson was the father of the six children of Sally Hemings mentioned in Jefferson’s records.”
This can be seen on monticello.org
1. The War of Independence was a religious war
With Independence declared, and the crown dethroned it is important to note the significance role of religion. After the time the declaration was written, the current wave was a secular one with the French on the other side of the Atlantic ocean beheading their queen. There seems to be a tone of secularism within the Constitution and Thomas Paine’s book Common Sense was very popular. However, from the barbaric acts going on within Europe- the American leaders and their People were sick of flirting with secularism. They wanted no association with that sought of lifestyle which leads to misconduct. Even Jefferson kicked Paine to the curb. No one was lending an ear to the secularist anymore.
George Washington warned the American People to stay out of Europe’s affairs.
This War of Independence could not have occurred without the Christian element. The French Revolution was an anti-religious event while the American one, in its roots, was a religious event.