On December of 1776, on Christmas day, General George Washington crossed the Delaware River to surprise the British with an attack. This attack was an important moment in the Revolutionary War and contributed to the American victory. The reason this attack was so important in the Revolutionary War is that it boost the American army, the American people, and congress’s morale and gave them confidence in General George Washington to go forward in with the war. American army is in a very bad position. The summer of 1776 they were driven out of New York by the British. They were losing almost every battle. There was several of General George Washington’s army losing their enlistments at the start of the year. Keep in mind that it was December 25 that means that they only had to fight in the army for seven more days. Washington is losing a large part of his army. This also caused for poor work ethic because they didn’t think they were going to go into war another war ever again. Washington is in a pickle. He hasn’t won a battle for a while, he needs to find a way to fix things. His army was saddened by how they haven’t won for a long time. How can General George Washington boost the morale of the American army, American people, and congress? Washington’s idea to fix the situation was to cross the Delaware River and attack Trenton in New Jersey. How did they do this? He planned the attack on Christmas 1776. He planned to have four different points to land boats on and attack Trenton from different angles but only one group made it across. It was Washington’s group with 2400 soldiers and 18 pieces of artillery. When Washington found out that only one of the groups made it across he had a decision to make: whether to go ahead with the attack or call it off and go back across the river and wait for another chance. He decided to go ahead with his attack. About 5000 soldiers got into the boats to sail to Trenton. The river was ice-choked with ice chunks floating in the Delaware River. It was hard to paddle over for them. Out of the 5000 soldiers that were planning to go across only 2400 made it across. The ones that didn’t make it had to go back because they couldn’t make it across the ice-choked river. The men crossed and they were able to bring with them 18 pieces of artillery. So Washington only had less than half of his army he went in with. It was also a very stormy night. There was a blizzard that was cold and unpleasant, But they were desperate. Washington would never let snow get in their way. Washington needed to boost the army’s morale. They were going to attack at dawn. But the blizzard made them way behind schedule. When they landed on shore it was a ten mile hike to Trenton. It was terrible. They had to haul cannons that were very heavy up hills, across creaks, and in the snow! It was a very difficult night. Once they finally get to Trenton the sun was already coming up. But the snow hid them and showed very low visibility. The snow actually ended up helping the American army. The British didn’t even see them coming! They took Trenton by surprise. About a thousand British soldiers were either killed, wounded, or taken captive. About Five-Hundred escaped. Very few Americans were wounded. Two future presidents were involved in this battle, George Washington and James Monroe. Monroe was one of the few to get injured on the American side. The conquered Trenton and British soldiers fled. The reasons why the Americans won the battle was because they had the element of surprise and the 18 pieces of artillery the Americans brought over. Washington achieved what he wanted to do. There was lots of good outcomes from the victory. The morale of the American army, the American people, and the congress was boosted. They had the first victory in a long time. He needed a victory to build the confidence in the people, and that’s what he got. The American people and congress had the confidence to go forward into the war. After the successful battle of Trenton Washington wanted to keep the pressure on the British. So he took his army and march up to Princeton in the middle of New Jersey. They attacked the soldiers in Princeton which was again a surprise attack. Again they won that battle. After that, Washington crossed the Delaware River back to Pennsylvania. These victories at Trenton and Princeton were an important part of history. They shaped history itself. This battle contributed to the Americans winning the revolutionary war by making the soldiers having a good feeling about the future. It gave the soldiers, people, and congress hope about what is coming. These victories showed the people that General George Washington wasn’t a loser after all. After losing all summer they realized that they did stand a chance against the British. General George Washington gained the trust of the people, congress, and army. Because of the two successful victories people knew that Washington will lead them to victory not just today but in the future. In conclusion, on December of 1776, on Christmas day, General George Washington crossed the Delaware River to surprise the British with an attack. This attack was an important moment in the Revolutionary War and contributed to the American victory. The reason this attack was so important in the revolutionary war is that it boost the American army, the American people, and congress’s morale and gave them confidence in General George Washington to go forward in with the war. General George Washington went through his attack even though they had 90% of his strength.