imes were rough for Washington at the beginning of the war. He had a tremendous amount of frustration because he lacked money, equipment, and soldiers. Persuading any American to fight in his army was difficult because all of them were skeptical. Free blacks were willing to serve under him, but they received extremely little pay, close to nothing at all.
ashington had a perilous winter at Valley Forge where he and his troops faced starvation and cold. Most of his troops died, but Washington pushed on. He crossed the Delaware, surprised the Hessians (German soldiers), and won the Battle of Trenton. Later, Washington, French troops, and a French navy fleet surrounded Charles Cornwallis at the Battle of Yorktown causing Cornwallis to surrender and the war to end.
ashington later became the first president of the United States after America gained their independence.