Trenton battle

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  •  During the snowy night of 25-26 December, Washington moved his men across the river. 
  • we're about to cross the bridge
  • General Washington
  • Trenton Bridge
  • Washington organized these into two assault groups, then marched 9 miles through the blowing snow to Trenton.
  •  When the surprised Hessians discovered the attack, they formed ranks in the streets and returned the American musket volleys. 
  • General Washington
  • Colonel Johann Rahl 
  • Overwhelming numbers and accurate artillery fire soon drove the Germans out of town into an orchard where they made a short-lived stand before surrendering or fleeing the battlefield.
  • The hour-long battle had left Washington with some 900 German prisoners and a large supply of muskets, swords, cannons, and bayonets
  • Colonel Rahl was killed in the battle
  • With this small but strategic victory, Washington had restored his army’s flagging morale, spurred much-needed re-enlistments, and regained some of his reputation with Congress. 
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