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and whose equipment was perfect, declared that Washington was a born soldier and that the attack at Trenton was the most brilliant campaign of the century.
Washington knew when to strike, and then he struck. In the darkest hour of the Revolution he took the chance of defeat and death, and by a movement that gave his name strength and showed the world his ability, he secured a victory which, because of its daring, its brilliancy and its completeness, set the world to thinking and created friends and helpers for the struggling thirteen colonies along the Atlantic coast of North America.
HOW ONE MAN DID IT ALL.
OU may be sure that when the
British found that Washington had been too smart for them and, just when they thought him weakest, had made the sudden
and successful dash on the Hessian camp at Trenton, they rubbed their eyes in a bewildered sort of way and set their red-coats charging after him. But · just when they thought him hemmed in between them and the Delaware river, all of a sudden he disappeared. In the morning the British
found the burning camp-fires of the Americans, but no Americans. Washington had slipped away in the night by cross-roads and by-paths; and, before the British knew what he was about, he had fallen upon what was called their “reserves ” — three fine regiments at Princeton -- and had driven them away with considerable loss.
• You see what a perplexing sort of a foeman this George Washington was. The British never knew just how to take him. When they expected him to fight, he did n’t; when they expected him to run away, he didn't; and, when they thought they had him safe and fast, that was just the time he would slip from their grasp or fall upon them at some unexpected point and, as the saying is, “whip them out of their boots.” It was all wrong; it wasn't at all the thing they expected. But it was war, and it proved, what England finally found out, that George Washington was a great general.
WASHINGTON AT PRINCETON.