They Crossed the Delaware in Safetydetails

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They Crossed the Delaware in Safety

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The picture shows a boat of perhaps sixteen men in a small row-boat; George Washington stands near the stern looking behind anxiously for any sign of the British troops. Near the front, implausibly, someone is holding up a flag on a pole. The boat is crossing teh Delaware River in a snow-storm, and there are patches of ice on the surface of the water.

This retreat of the Americans across the Jerseys (as they were always called at that time), was a work of necessity; upon receiving a moderate re-enforcement, therefore, from Pennsylvania, Washington turned back to Princeton, intending to join Lord Stirling and General Greene, who were there with three thousand men; and here they would make a stand, if necessary.

But hardly had he reached there when the enemy was found to be approaching Princeton in trmemendous force, and well knowing that they would soon be surrounded and overpowered,

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