On the night of December 25, 1776, Washington and his army crossed the icy Delaware River. Once on the shore of New Jersey, the army marched on to Trenton. Along the way it snowed hard, leaving all their guns soaked and useless. Washington ordered that they use the bayonets, because the city had to be taken. Once there, the Hessians, taken by complete surprise, surrendered, and Washington didn’t lose a single man. He then took 868 prisoners and 300 British troops. Now General Howe was worried.