But, surprise, surprise! Washington launched an unexpected attack in late December and caught the British off guard. After crossing the Delaware River in the wee hours on Christmas night, Washington's army reclaimed New Jersey in the Battles of Trenton and Princeton. The maneuver bolstered the spirits of pro-independence supporters and stands as one of the iconic moments of the war.
We crossed the Delaware ourselves, also during the frigid winter conditions. Check out the photo gallery below for a look at just a fraction of our nation's history that Washington Crossing State Park has to show off. We plan to return to check out much more.