The Stairwell Room

Washington Crossing the Delaware

Artist: Emanuel Leutze (1816-1868)
Medium: Oil on canvas, 1851
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Image source: Art Resource, NY

James Madison

A Famous Act of Leadership

In 1776, following the Continental Army’s loss at the Battle of Long Island, morale was low and General George Washington feared imminent defeat. Then, on December 25, Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River to surprise and defeat Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton. Though a small victory, the battle provided a huge boost in confidence, and many soldiers reenlisted in the army.

This iconic painting memorializes Washington's heroic command during a turning point in the war. Future President James Monroe, who was at the Battle of Trenton and later at Washington's resignation, is depicted in the painting holding the American flag.






KEy Images on the
George WasHINGTON Wall

Cornwallis Sues for Cessation of Hostilitie
Washington Entering New York
Washington's Farewell to his Officers
Washington Crossing the Delaware
Washington Monument
Washington Resigning His Commission
Washington receiving French generals at Mt. Vernon

Key Documents on the Wall

Washington's Resignation Speech

Exhibits in the Stairwell Room

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