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The brave sacrifices that some made so that we could enjoy Christmas in a free country.


  • The Delaware River is less than 300 yards (268m) wide at the point where Washington’s army crossed
  • Col. Henry Knox was given command of the river crossing operation.
  • It took the American army roughly 4 hours to march from the river crossing site to the outskirts of Trenton
  • Temperatures for the crossing ranged from 29 degrees to 33 degrees, with brisk winds coming out of the north east.
  • Future US President James Monroe crossed with the American forces and was wounded at the Battle of Trenton.
  • Washington chose the challenge or counter-sign of “Victory or Death” for his forces who crossed the river.
  • George Washington was 44 years old at the time of the Delaware River crossing.
  • There were roughly 1,380 Hessian soldiers in and around Trenton at the start of the battle.

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