Why No One Died in the Delaware River Crossing

today hidden in the mist the Delaware

River flows quietly south toward the

city of Trenton

but on one cold winter night in 1776

these waters were anything but quiet

when George Washington made his famous

crossing of the Delaware as he prepared

to take the city of Trenton back from

the British

it was Christmas Day 1776 during the

American Revolutionary War George

Washington and an army of 2400 were on

the Pennsylvania side of the Delaware

River they needed to reach Trenton on

the New Jersey side which was then in

the grip of German mercenaries working

for the British Washington's army

attempted to cross the river here but

there was no bridge at the time today

Crossing the Delaware is a breeze but on

that winter night this quiet River was

clogged with ice

a freezing Gale blew its surface into

choppy waves and local ferries began

slowly Criss crossing the river carrying

men and supplies the troops fear they

could be knocked overboard or dragged

under the ice at any time but they all

finally made it and stepped out of their

boats onto the New Jersey Shore

it's believed that Washington gathers

his officers at this nearby house owned

by the ferry operator so they could plan

their strike on Trenton in the freezing

pre-dawn hours of December 26th after

staying up all night Washington and his

troops marched to Trenton in order to

surprise the German mercenaries who

still had control of the city legend has

it that they were still in their bunks

in these barracks recovering from their

Christmas revelries the night before

when the Americans came knocking by the

time the battle ended the Revolutionary

Army had captured 900 of the mercenaries

all of Washington's men survived to

celebrate the victory of the now famous

Battle of Trenton a monument stands on

the hill but Washington placed his

artillery architect John Duncan designed

its granite base and 150 foot high Doric


sculptor William O'Donovan created the

bronze statue of Washington on its peak

he is shown directing the troops to fire

in a battle that is now considered an

early turning point in the war