Monday, April 13, 2009

Small pieces of paper

"Years later [after the Battle of Trenton in 1776], Benjamin Rush would recall a private meeting with George Washington at Buckingham, during which Washington seemed 'much depressed.' In 'affecting terms,' he described the state of the army. As they talked, Washington kept writing something with his pen on small pieces of paper. When one of them fell to the floor by Rush's foot, he saw what was written: 'Victory or Death.'"

David McCollough, 1776, page 273.