Today in History
December 25, 1776
On this night during the American Revolution, General George Washington leads his flagging troops across the ice-choked Delaware River from Pennsylvania to Trenton, New Jersey, for a surprise attack on the Hessians—mercenaries hired by the British. Arriving early morning on December 26, the patriots catch the enemy troops and quickly overwhelm them. News of the victory boosts the spirits of the despairing colonists and spurs the Continental Army on to more wins.
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