On Episode 5 of "Legends & Lies: The Patriots" we saw Thomas Jefferson and the Continental Congress wrestle with the decision to declare independence.

Jefferson squabbled with Ben Franklin and John Adams over the text that would become America's founding document.

The declaration was eventually signed and read throughout the colonies, but George Washington and his men faced a precarious situation in New York.

In the scene above, we see Washington and his troops desperately trying to get away from Manhattan, after a defeat in Brooklyn, as the Redcoats close in.

Washington was urged by his men to get out for the sake of the cause, but he insisted he would only leave on the "last boat."

Had he been captured, it would have been "game over" for the revolution, but a dense fog at the right time assisted Washington's escape. 

"Some called it 'the miracle in the mist,'" said Brian Kilmeade, author of "The Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution."

Executive producer Bill O'Reilly explained that Washington risked it all and thanks to some help "from the divine hand of providence," Washington recovered from what could have been a fatal tactical blunder. 

The second season of the hit docu-series Legends & Lies brings you the stories behind the American Revolution, as they really happened.

On the next episode, you'll see the real story of Benedict Arnold: American Traitor. Tune in to "Legends & Lies: The Patriots" on Sundays at 8:00pm ET on Fox News Channel!


'Legends & Lies' Recap: The Boston Massacre and the Birth of the Revolution

Episode 2 Recap: The True Story of Paul Revere's Famous Ride

Episode 3 Recap: See the Powerful Re-Creation of the Battle of Bunker Hill

Episode 4 Recap: Washington Discovers a Traitor in the Ranks