"Victory" short-sleeved shirt
The story behind the design: Our original design shows George Washington's Headquarters Flag and includes the sign/countersign used by the Continental Army the night they crossed the Delaware to attack the Hessian garrison at Trenton, along with the dates of the crossing and the attack. (See the map below.)
Washington and his troops were victorious, capturing 1,000 prisoners along with muskets, powder, and artillery. In the battle, three Americans were killed and six wounded, while 22 Hessians were killed and 98 wounded. More on the historic events below.
The shirt: The same great shirt we've been using for our "History Nerd" shirts, a super soft 3.5 ounce t-shirt from Next Level that's 65% poly / 35% cotton and that has been pre-washed to reduce shrinkage. See size chart.
Comes with a hang tag that includes a historical quote, background on the event, and a historical map.
This design is also available in an American made woven throw blanket, long-sleeved shirt, crewneck sweatshirt, women's v-neck shirt, woven socks that are made in the USA, as well as a sticker, magnet, and enamel pin.
The Historic Event Behind the Design
He appeared much depressed and lamented the ragged and dissolving state of his army in affecting terms. I gave him assurances of the disposition of Congress to support him, under his present difficulties and distresses. While I was talking to him I observed him to play with his pen and ink upon several pieces of paper. One of them by accident fell upon the floor near my feet. I was struck with the inscription upon it. It was “victory or death.”
— Benjamin Rush, Philadelphia physician, member of the Continental Congress and signer of the Declaration of Independence, recounting his visit to General Washington in December four miles from the Delaware River.
The countersign for the troops for the attack on Trenton was “Victory or Death.” More than 2,400 soldiers,18 cannons, and 75-100 horses crossed the Delaware during a “violent storm of rain, hail, and snow.”
The Americans captured 896 Hessians and killed 22. Three Americans were killed and six wounded, including a near-fatal wound to future president James Monroe. Enlistment for most men was to expire December 31st.
A map of the Delaware River area depicting the route George Washington and his Army made during the crossing, by William Faden, an English cartographer and a publisher of maps. He printed the North American Atlas in 1777, and ". . . it became the most important atlas chronicling the Revolution's battles." There were 29 maps in the atlas, and they included detailed battle maps drawn by eyewitnesses.
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All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
All original designs are copyrighted by The History List
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well made shirt, soft t-shirt fabric, quick delivery
As always my order was shipped quickly and the quality is unsurpassed!! The shirts are always conversation starters and gives me the opportunity to share our great history and heritage. Huzzah
The Victory tee is a fit as expected and the printing is high quality that will last the life of the tee. Also a great piece of history very few know about!
The "Victory" Tee is simply perfect - super comfortable, super design, really nice fabric - just awesome!
The quality of the shirt is great, the material is soft, and the fit is accurate. It was an instant hit with my history nerd hubby!
Bought mens extra large. Fit well. I usually wear an extra large. The material was comfortable and cool. Would definitely buy again. Can't get any better than a shirt honoring the crossing of the Deleware. Victory or Death
All my dealings with The History List have been perfect in every way. They sell a quality product and the after the sale customer service is exceptional. These people go out of their way to make things right. My most recent purchase I ordered to small, I contacted The History List and Lee immediately sent me a replacement to switch out with a thoughtful card and some decals😁.
Very comfortable and stylish shirts! Quick delivery. THANK YOU!