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