Painting "General George Washington at Trenton" by John Trumball in 1792. Maintained by Yale University Art Gallery. Image online, courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
Whoever looks upon them as an irregular mob
will find himself much mistaken. They have
men amongst them who know very well what
they are about.
Lord Hugh Percy
These are the times
that try men's souls
What was trying "men's souls" was British rule. The time had come for America to be free.
But cutting the ties that bound thirteen colonies to England would not happen without a revolt. No one ever gives up a treasure without a fight - especially not a king.