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Plan of the Operations of General Washington against the Kings Troops in New Jersey from the 26th of December 1776 to the 3rd of January 1777
Publisher:Published by William Faden , British, 1750 - 1836
Engraving; black printer's ink on wove paper
Primary Dimensions (image height x width): 11 3/8 x 15 3/16in. (28.9 x 38.6cm) Platemark (height x width): 12 1/8 x 15 7/8in. (30.8 x 40.3cm) Sheet (height x width): 13 3/8 x 20in. (34 x 50.8cm)
Credit Line: Connecticut Historical Society collection
Gallery Copy: Faden's map shows Washington's crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night, 1776, and the subsequent battles at Trenton and Princeton. It clearly lays out and explains the troop movements and lists the British casualties. These American victories were a significant turning point in the Revolutionary War. Faden's map was first published in April 1777, barely four months after the events depicted. Its initial audience would have been primarily British; it would not have been available in America until after the end of the war.
Description: Map of Pennsylvania and New Jersey tracing the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, fought by the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington against the British. It extends from Kingstown to the northeast, Cranberry to the east, Bristol to the south, and Newtown to the west. The Delaware River runs south from the top left corner to the bottom left. Double parallel lines show the army's routes, with rectangles marking camps and posts along the way. Symbols for what may be town halls mark the locations of towns and settlements, and closed rectangles are used to denote the presence of dwellings. Elevation is depicted through hachure marks. Inscriptions on the map explain the notable events in the battles. In the lower left corner of the map is a list of lives lost in the Battle of Princeton, fought on January 3, 1777; in the lower right corner is a list of lives lost in the Battle of Trenton, fought on December 26, 1776.
Cartographic Note: Scale: Almost 3 3/8 equals 6 miles
Inscription: Recto, top, printed in black ink: "PLAN OF THE OPERATIONS OF GENERAL WASHINGTON, / against / THE KINGS TROOPS IN NEW JERSEY. / from the 26th. of December 1776 to the 3d. January 1777. / by William Faden" Bottom, printed in black ink: "London, Published according to Acts of Parliament 15th April 1777. by Wm. Faden, Corner of St. Martins Lane, Charing Cross." Bottom left, handwritten in pencil: "15" Verso, top left, handwritten in pencil: "MAP / Box / 22" Bottom left, handwritten in pencil: "MAP BOX / 22"
Object Number: 2012.312.213
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