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the crossing of the Delaware. After a series of crushing defeats in New York and New Jersey, and the capture of the second in command of the Continental Army, George Washington crosses the icy Delaware in a surprise attack in the dead of winter. In the first battle personally led by George Washington, the continental army gains their first tactical victory in the Revolutionary War. Although the battle is small, and the victory is against Hessian mercenaries, instead of British regulars, the victory increases the morale of the continental army and prevents what appeared to be an imminent collapse of the continental army and government. As a side note, this painting is historically inaccurate on a few counts worth mentioning. The crossing occurred between 11:00pm and 4:00am, not dawn as the painting depicts. Also, a more commonly noted flaw, George Washington would certainly not be standing up in a mere row boat during a stealth mission.