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.