Washington Crosses the Delaware
On the night of December 25, 1776, George Washington led his men across the Delaware River in a surprise attack on the British.
By early December 1776, things were bleak for the American patriots. They’d lost a string of battles and were pushed out of New York, through New Jersey, into Pennsylvania. Many soldiers had deserted, fearing that the cause for independence was lost. Even General Washington expressed his doubts when he wrote to his cousin, “I think the game is pretty near up.”