George Washington is convincing his soldiers to keep fighting for him, because the soldiers contract is almost up. George Washington tells his soldiers about all the supplies the hessians have, how it could benefit them. George Washington then tells them that they are going to attack in the night, after Christmas.
Washington has convinced his men to fight alongside him. Now they are cleaning their guns, in the blistering cold. They are discussing what they will do. They will wait till the hessians have partied all night and then cross the river and attack them before daybreak.
Washington and his men are crossing the river to go kill and raid the hessians. The river crossing takes forever and they might not get there before daybreak. Also most of the men are already tired and have gotten little sleep. And they still have to row the boats.