The Crisis by Thomas Paine is a series of pamphlets written under the pseudonym "Common Sense".
In the first pamphlet: December 23, 1776. "These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman."
Really inspiring words for people torn by dissension and probably frightened for the future.
It is easy to minimize what they were living through. The mists of time shroud the way of life the people were leading. The pressures must have seemed tremendous.
There are videos on YouTube that give a really close look at the big cities and such smaller places as Saratoga, Monmouth, Yorktown and many, many more locations.
The battles at Trenton and Princeton were fought in the dead of winter by an army dressed for a large part in rags.
It is just a fascinating part of our country's history brought to life in these videos.
We tend to get all involved in our current conditions, especially with an election nearing. Others from the past have struggled greatly to help us on our way so far.
Let us remember that our current crisis is our effort to build for those who follow us.