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December 19 2012 Appalachia Newsletter

Greetings to all folks near and far.

It is really getting quite cold here in Washoe Valley. I have neglected to yet pull out my winter boots, gloves, hats, and scarves from the back of the closet. I guess I had better get that task done. How is it in your corner of the world -- I know some of you are enjoying summer weather, like in Australia. I would love to hear from you to know what your season is like and how you are faring. Come join me in my forum and let's chat.

I have been researching a lot on the American Revolutionary War. The battles fought during the winters are amazingly interesting to read about and makes for some tense moments. How the soldiers fought in snow, some of them with no boots, just rags wrapped around their feet, makes me wonder how they survived through the winter months. Many of those soldiers throughout the war did not survive the bitter cold and died from exposure.

Here is my latest article from the Appalachia site at

Christmas 1776 - Battle Of Trenton
With severe weather conditions and the icy river threatening, crossing the Delaware River would be dangerous for General Washington and his troops.

Did you know that the Second Congress created the Continental Army on June 14, 1775 and that George Washington was appointed Major General and Commander-in-chief of the Continental Army? Well, it is true -- John Adams of Massachusetts nominated Washington for the position. Although Washington lost many of his battles, he never surrendered his army during the war, and he continued to fight the British relentlessly until the war's end. He plotted the overall strategy of the war, in cooperation with Congress. Washington had the prestige, military experience, charisma and military bearing of a military leader and was a strong patriot.

I look forward to meeting you in my forum. I thank you so much for your continued support of my Appalachia site. Please help me build up my subscriber list to this newsletter by forwarding it to your families and friends.

Till next time, may you walk in peace and harmony.

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Phyllis Doyle Burns, Appalachia Editor

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