Trenton - December 26, 1776

Historic map of The Battle of Trenton

The Battle of Trenton took place on December 26, 1776, after British forces captured New York City and George Washington’s Patriot army retreated to Pennsylvania. In a daring surprise attack, Washington crossed the Delaware River on Christmas, and surprised German mercenaries garrisoning Trenton, New Jersey in support of the British. The one-sided victory restored the patriots’ flagging morale, and provided Washington with captured supplies.

Sketch of the engagement at Trenton, given on the 26th of December 1776 betwixt the American troops under command of General Washington, and three Hessian regiments under command of Colonell Rall, in which the latter a part surrendert themselves prisoner of war.

Wiederholdt, Andreas, 1752?-


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