George Washington at the Battle of Trenton
The battle of Trenton took place on December 26, 1776. Because of the blizzard conditions that night, two other planned offensive thrusts were unable to cross the Delaware – leaving on George Washington and his 2,400 men to attack the Hessians at Trenton. The severe weather conditions also delayed Washington’s nine march south on Trenton so that the American army did not arrive at Trenton until after dawn. Even still, because of the severe weather and partying the night before, the Hessians had let down their guard and were surprised by the American attack. The result was that the Americans were able to overcome the Hessian garrison, with almost two-thirds of the 1,500 man garrison captured. Many of the American troops did not have boots and had thus had to wrap their feet in rags. As a result, on their march to Trenton, they left a trail of blood in the snow. Washington rode back and forth along the line of troops during the march to encourage the men. And when they encountered the first Hessian troops on the edge of town, Washington personally led the American assault.