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George Washington Crosses the Delaware: Would You Risk the Revolution? (What Would You Do?) Paperback – September, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: What Would You Do?
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Enslow Elementary (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598451952
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598451955
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 7.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,806,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm a children's book author and writing coach who loves both children and books. I've never been much of a fiction fan, I've spent my time both reading and writing nonfiction. I live in tropical Miami with my husband and son who are nonfiction lovers as well.

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George Washington and his Continental Army were camped out in Pennsylvania on the banks of the Delaware river. They were freezing and in some instances starving. He "knew that his army was in trouble," but he also knew that the American colonists needed their freedom and were relying on them. He needed more recruits, but the British, "just across the river in New Jersey," needed some as well. British General William Howe, who wanted to control the state, scattered his men and relied primarily on his hired soldiers, the Hessians, to defend his territory in case of attack. He doubted they would attack because the Delaware was frozen over and the "Continental Army was too hurt to make a move" . . . or so he believed.

Hessian Colonel Johann Rall wanted to "cross the Delaware River and capture Philadelphia," but instead came under continual attack from James Ewing, an excellent continental officer. His raids were lightning fast and stunning and wore out the Hessian troops. Washington was now ready to plan his attack. Rall learned of his potential Christmas attack and his exhausted men begrudgingly stood guard. When a fierce winter storm struck at night, they discontinued their patrols figuring no one, not even Washington would "attack in such bad weather." The logistics were amazing and complicated, but big George forged ahead in spit of the storm while the unsuspecting Hessians let down their guard.

Wshington's troops "struck from the west . . . the other attacked from the town's north." The cannons began to roar from both sides. Several Hessian gunners died while others deserted their posts. Rall, who was mortally wounded, surrendered to Washington before he died.
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