What does the crossing of the Delaware reveal about the personal qualities of George Washington?
Washington's decision to lead his army across the Delaware is evidence of his opportunism and his willingness to take risks. It is also, perhaps, evidence of his recognition of the fact that the Continental Army, after a disastrous campaign that resulted in the fall of New York City and the very narrow escape of the Continental Army, desperately needed a victory. This was all the more so due to the fact that many of the Continental soldiers' enlistment periods were about to run out in January. So the surprise attack on Trenton, and later Princeton, show that Washington was able to shrewdly assess his situation, and take great risks in order to improve it.
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