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230 YEARS AGO: The River Is Wide

Pelted by sleet and rain, George Washington leads 2,400 troops, 18 cannons and some 75 horses across the Delaware River from Pennsylvania into New Jersey (by night, rather than in daylight as depicted in Emanuel Leutze's fanciful 1851 painting) on December 25, 1776. The general's successful surprise attack on a Hessian outpost at Trenton reinvigorates the flagging American cause and ensures Washington's fame as a strategist.

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