Washington gave the new American states the best conceivable Christmas present when he crossed the Delaware River and surprised the Hessians.
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Most of the content in this section is elaborated upon in greater length and with additional context in Compact of the Republic: The League of States and the Constitution: https://amzn.to/2Qi1Fzw
Other recommended reading(s):
-David McCullough, 1776: https://amzn.to/2Qbp0Ti
-Murray Rothbard, Conceived in Liberty: https://amzn.to/2N35LJT
-Don Higginbotham, George Washington and the American Military Tradition: https://amzn.to/2xJm61E