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"Victory or Death" Socks — Made in USA

Regular price $ 19.95 USD
Regular price Sale price $ 19.95 USD
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The socks: Our original design is a reminder of the huge risk and critical victory by Washington and his men on Christmas Day night in 1776. The stars are based on a surviving flag used at George Washington’s headquarters. Part of the pass phrase is on one sock and the rest on the other, along with Washington’s signature and the date of the attack.  

Woven in America with 75% Cotton, 22% Nylon, and 3% Spandex.

Size: One size fits most. According to the mill, US Men's Shoe 7-14 and US Women's Shoe 7-13. However, one early customer is a woman who wears a size 5 shoe and she’s very happy with her socks and said they fit just fine.

Care: Machine wash cold and tumble dry.

Also available, "Join or Die" socks. But two pairs of “Victory” socks or add a second pair of "Join or Die" socks and save.

This design is also available in an an American made woven throw blanket, crewneck shirt for men and womenlong-sleeved shirtcrewneck sweatshirtwomen's v-neck shirt, as well as a stickermagnet, and enamel pin. 

History behind the design

Recognizing Washington’s daring attack on Trenton on Christmas Night. Conditions were brutal. In fact, two men froze to death waiting for the crossing. Two other planned crossings didn’t make it. Only Washington’s. The attack was a rout, and just in time. The war had been going very badly and for a large number of Washington’s men, their commissions would be up in a few days. “Victory or death” was the pass phrase Washington assigned to his camp in the days leading up to the crossing.  Early on the 26th, it was, victory, and it couldn’t have come at a more critical time in the war.

Read more about the historic event behind the design here



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 to ship the same day.
        UPS's normal (non-holiday) delivery guarantee is by the end of the third business day.  See the UPS site for details.
          • $11.95 for shirts, caps, unframed prints and posters, bracelets, lapel pins, pendants, button packs.

          • $14.95 for hooded and crewneck sweatshirts, mugs, and blankets.

        • UPS Overnight (Next Business Day Delivery)
        Cut off time: Orders must be received by 3 pm Eastern to ship the same day.
        Please include a phone number where we can reach you. 
          • Contact us at 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.

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