American Spies The spies played a big part in helping the colonies win the war. American spies helped warn about the actions of the British. Some women served as spies for the war effort.
Battle of Trenton Christmas night, 1776 Washington, along with 2,400 of his soldiers, crossed the Delaware River, amd attacked the Hessians at Trenton, New Jersey. The Hessians were unprepared and the Patriots were able to take more than 900 prisoners.
Battle of Princeton January 2, 1777 Charles Cornwallis wanted to stop Washington from reaching Princeton. During the night, the Patriots circled behind the British under the cover of darkness while leaving their campfires burning. Washington attacked the British and won a victory.
Saratoga Spring 1777 John Burgoyne planned to invade from Canada while General Howe sailed up the Hudson River to meet him. When Burgoyne headed to Albany, Howe had left New York. Burgoyne's army was stuck in forests, and he was surrounded and attacked. He surrendered.
Valley Forge Winter 1777-78 While there were no battles at Valley Forge, the winter killed many people. Lack of supplies caused the soldiers to have no shelter, clothes, or shoes. With no protection against the cold, many people died.