Most Americans know George Washington’s December 1776 crossing of the Delaware from the famous painting by Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze, which depicts Washington standing bravely in a rowboat on stormy waters. David Hackett Fischer, author of Washington’s Crossing, looks beyond the famous painting to the events of that tumultuous month. One of Washington’s great strengths was his ability to lead men from different regions and walks of life. He was also known for his humane treatment of British prisoners — treatment that the British did not reciprocate with American prisoners.
This podcast is courtesy of The Gilder Lehrman Institute.
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