CROSS­ING THE DELAWARE

History Revealed - - AMERICAN REVOLUTIONARY WAR -

By the win­ter of 1776, the re­treat­ing Amer­i­can Con­ti­nen­tal Army was ut­terly de­mor­alised and suf­fer­ing from se­vere short­ages. Com­man­der-in-chief Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton needed a vic­tory be­fore the en­list­ments ran out at the end of the year to have any hope of keep­ing the army to­gether. So, on 25 De­cem­ber, he set off to cross back over the ice-strewn Delaware River with around 2,400 men and, the next day, at­tacked the town of Tren­ton. The Christ­mas as­sault took the de­fend­ing Hes­sians, German mer­ce­nar­ies fight­ing for the Bri­tish, com­pletely by sur­prise, and 1,000 were cap­tured. The vic­tory did won­ders for morale and al­lowed Wash­ing­ton to win­ter know­ing that the fight would con­tinue.

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