Gingrich conducts 'twitternactment' of Revolutionary battle

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) on Sunday held a "twitternactment" of a Revolutionary War battle to promote his new book on the topic.

Gingrich announced the Twitter event on Thursday, in which three new Twitter accounts re-created the Battle of Trenton. The accounts represented then-Gen. George Washington, [pro-British] Hessian commander Johann Rall and American Pvt. Jonathan Van Dorn.

He created the handles to promote his new novel, which is titled "To Try Men's Souls" and is based George Washington's role in the Revolutionary period. The title is derived from a quote from founding father Thomas Paine.

Here are some of the tweets from yesterday, some of which he re-tweeted today:

RT @colonelrall Damn rebel raiders! Cowards! Maybe thirty to forty. Fired some shots at outpost and ran off. www.totrymenssouls.com #1776

RT @GenWashington76 Column has stopped! What is going on? Why the holdup? www.totrymenssouls.com #1776

RT @pvtvandornNJ What is happening? Some Virginia militiamen have met up with us. @genwashington76 seems upset with them. #1776