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George Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River to defeat the British in the Battle of Trenton.

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Washington Crossing the Delaware
Washington crossing the Delaware River to the Battle of Trenton
(Source: Library of Congress)
After is defeat in New York, Washington knew he needed a win to boost the moral of his troops. He also knew there was a group of British and Hessian soldiers located in Trenton, New Jersey that could attack Philadelphia.

On the evening of December 25, 1776, Washington along with 2,500 soldiers crossed the Delaware River in a snow storm. The river was treacherous with ice. They caught the British soldiers sleeping, killing over one hundred men and taking another thousand prisoners.

Not a single American was killed. This was a major boost for the American war effort.


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