American Revolutionary War
Crossing of the Delaware River
Washington Crossing the Delaware, an 1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze depicting the crossing prior to the Battle of Trenton on the morning of December 26, 1776.
1776 Dec 25

Crossing of the Delaware River

Washington's Crossing

George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River, which occurred on the night of December 25–26, 1776, during the American Revolutionary War, was the first move in a surprise attack organized by George Washington against Hessian forces (German auxiliaries in the service of the British) in Trenton, New Jersey, on the morning of December 26. Planned in partial secrecy, Washington led a column of Continental Army troops across the icy Delaware River in a logistically challenging and dangerous operation.