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"Victory" short-sleeved shirt

Regular price $ 24.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 24.95 USD
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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 blanketlong-sleeved shirt, crewneck sweatshirtwomen's v-neck shirtwoven socks that are made in the USA, as well as a stickermagnet, 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.

Source: Wikipedia (large image of the mapBy William Faden - Library of Congress, Public Domain



Announcement: Pausing shipping for Independence Day week

We are pausing shipping for the week of Independence Day. Place orders by July 1 at noon Eastern an in-stock items that don't require personalization will ship July 1 or July 2. We will resume shipping July 11.


We try to ship orders within three business days of receiving them. This applies to in-stock items. Framed items or items requiring personalization may take up to two weeks longer.

We close for a week over Independence Day and Christmas. A notice will appear at the top of every page of the site in advance of this closure.

We ship most orders via USPS, so if the post office is closed, we won't be shipping orders that day.

If you need to receive your order by a certain date, such as to give as a gift or have for a trip, we recommend ordering at least two weeks in advance, especially if you are use USPS shipping. 

If you're looking for reliable, on-time deliveries, we strongly suggest upgrading to "UPS 3 Business Day Select Shipping."

Additional notes:

  • When fulfillment takes longer, such as around the Christmas holidays, we'll put up an announcement in the site and will list recommended shipping deadlines below.
  • If an item is out of stock, we will contact you.
  • If one of your items is an advance order, that will be noted on the product page along with an estimate of when it will ship. If that estimated date changes, the product page will be updated.

    Charges for shipping to destinations in the United States and to APO, DPO, and FPO addresses

    • Free shipping
      • On stickers, magnets, decals, patches, static clings, and individual button pins.

    • US Postal Service shipping - The least expensive, though also less reliable than UPS. We strong recommend selecting UPS (details below), especially during November and December.

      • $4.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

        Regardless of the number of items you order, the shipping price is still fixed at $4.95. Our flat rate shipping means you can add another t-shirt, cap, or book for no additional shipping charge.

      • $7.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

    We strongly recommend using UPS, especially in November and December.
      • UPS 3 Business Day Select
      Cut off time: Order must be received by 3 pm Eastern and it will ship the next business day.
        UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day.  See the UPS site for details.
          • $12.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

          • $15.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

          • If the actual shipping cost is much, much higher than what we’re charging, we reserve the right to contact customers to discuss options.

        • UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
        Before placing your order, call 469-233-7712.

        Charges for shipping to destinations outside the United States

        Limited to US Postal Service International Service only.

        • Canada and Mexico

          • $18.00 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.
          • $24.00 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

        • Rest of the World

          • Rates starts at $65.00.

        Additional charges for all destinations

        Some large, heavy items may have an additional shipping charge.  If that's the case, it will be noted on the product page.

          All designs are copyrighted by The History List

          All designs are copyrighted by The History List and the History Nerd text and design on t-shirts is a registered trademark. If you see a knock off, please let me know.


          Your purchases support our mission to engage people with local history and to support historic sites and history organizations across the country.

          Customer Reviews

          Based on 8 reviews
          Tim B.
          I love this shirt!

          The "Victory" Tee is simply perfect - super comfortable, super design, really nice fabric - just awesome!

          Victory or Death does not disappoint

          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!

          Kelly D.
          Great shirt

          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

          Dennis H.
          Exceptional Customer Support!!

          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😁.

          Thomas L.
          Amazing shirts!!!

          Very comfortable and stylish shirts! Quick delivery. THANK YOU!

          Victory T.
          I love the design, I LOVE the material!

          I love the History List's amazing history-themed clothing and unique designs. The soft, cozy material definitely helps for someone like me, with nerve damage. I've never had a t shirt so comfortable!

          Michael C.B.
          Victory Shirt & History Nerd Shirts/Patches

          I bought the Victory shirt as an birthday gift for myself to wear to the re-enactment at Washington’s Crossing. Very well made shirt
          Also treated myself to a couple of History Nerd shirts and patches. These are all really nicely made shirts, comfortable. Always generates nice comments from people.

          Beenda O.
          T shirt review

          The screen printing is perfect however, I am dissappointed in the quality of the shirt. It is extremely thin.

          Thanks for your order and your review. These shirts, which are poly-cotton, are definitely thinner than a traditional cotton shirt. To make sure folks understand the difference in advance, we've recently added this information to the product pages and to our shirt size page.

          However, unlike with a cotton shirt where the thickness of the material may be some indication of quality, the Next Level poly-cotton shirts are naturally lighter and thinner, and they've gotten rave reviews from Day 1.

          If you ever feel like the shirt doesn't meet your expectations, please let me know and I'll make it right.

          Thanks, again, for your review and your order.

          -- Lee Wright | Founder | The History List | History Camp

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