John Glover was a sailor and fisherman from Marblehead, MA. In August 1776, after Washington lost the Battle of Long Island, Glover successfully evacuated the army across the East River to Manhattan. Glover then fought a defensive action at Pell’s Point stalling the British and allowing Washington to escape. In December 1776, Glover was called upon again to transport Washington’s army, this time across the icy Delaware River. The dangerous nighttime crossing permitted Washington to surprise and defeat the Hessians at Trenton, on the day after Christmas.
Marbleheaders were the seafaring men who composed the Massachusetts 14th Continental Regiment during the New York and New Jersey campaigns of 1776. The Regiment was an active defender of the siege in Boston. They formed the Continental Navy using seven schooners donated by John Glover. The Regiment’s last action was ferrying Washington’s army across the Delaware and back in December 1776.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies with weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This John Glover history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
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