Washington's Crossing

Washington's Crossing
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  • THE GREAT RETREAT
  • GATES DISAPPROVES
  • THE CROSSING
  • It is 1776. General Washington and his Continental army retreat through New Jersey to get away from the British. They escape across the river to the Pennsylvania shore.
  • SLAUGHTER OF THE HESSIANS
  • Washington decides to cross the river and attack the Hessians at Trenton. General Gates disagrees with Washington's plan and calls him insane. Washington orders Gates escorted from the camp at gunpoint. 
  • A VICTORY AT TRENTON
  • Washington's army, although they are exhausted, crosses the Delaware river. They make it to the Hessian camp a little later than expected, but are still ready to attack by 8 o'clock in the morning.
  • NO COST TO WASHINGTON
  • 19-year-old Alexander Hamilton and a few other Continental soldiers slaughter the four Hessian guards-who are barely awake-so that they cannot warn the others that the enemy is approaching. 
  • The Hessians surrendered and Washington had a victory at Trenton! The Hessian General, General Rall, died at Trenton, leaving the Hessian army without a command. 
  • Washington's good friend General Mercer told him that no soldiers from the American side had died at Trenton. This meant that this particular victory came at no cost to George Washington. 
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