|General Washington crossed
the Delaware River on Christmas Night, 1776. His objective
was the Hessian Camp in Trenton, New Jersey. The painting
shows Glover's Regiment of Marblehead (MA), rowing the
soldiers across the river.
Why on Christmas Night? Because the enlistment of all
militias under his command would expire on January 1st.
Note the flag. It is called the Continental Flag. The
stars and stripes did not become the official flag until