Declaration of Independence There is something written on the back of the Declaration of Independence, but it isn't a secret map or code. Instead, there are a few handwritten words that say, "Original Declaration of Independence/ dated 4th July 1776". No one knows who wrote this, but it was probably added as a label when the document was rolled up for storage many years ago. Although
Battle of Trenton Having been defeated in the battles for New York City, General George Washington and the remnants of the Continental Army retreated across New Jersey in the late fall of 1776. Vigorously pursued by the British forces under Major General Lord Charles Cornwallis, the American commander sought to gain the protection of Delaware River. As they retreated, Washington faced a crisis as his battered army began to break up through desertions and expiring enlistments. Crossing the Delaware River into Pennsylvania in early December, he made camp and attempted to renew his shrinking command.
Battle of Yorktown Marching from Fort Monroe, Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan’s army encountered Maj. General John B.