Emanuel Leutze's 1851 painting of Washington
Crossing the Delaware--the surprise attack on British
forces at the Battle of Trenton, Christmas night 1776.
Now, on for another remark about Washington though having nothing apropos of the religious debate. We all have in our mind the image of Washington crossing the Delaware, standing in the prow of a boat and looking noble. According to one of his chief officers, General Henry Knox—who weighted over 300 lbs—Washington was seated in the boat and wanted to make sure that Knox was seated too, declaring: "Shift your fat ass, Henry, but slowly, or you'll swamp the damn boat!" Sort of makes us shift our image of ol'George, doesn't it?