Battle of Trenton 2

Battle of Trenton 2

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  • The Battle of Trenton By John Howley
  • The Battle of Trenton was a small but important battle during the American Revolutionary War which took place on the morning of December 26, 1776, in Trenton, New Jersey. After General George Washington's crossing of the Delaware River north of Trenton the previous night, Washington led the main body of the Continental Army against Hessian mercenaries garrisoned at Trenton.
  • ¨We should cross the Delaware River on Christmas day! They will never expect it!¨
  •  After the battle, almost two-thirds of the Hessian force was captured, with negligible losses to the Americans. The battle significantly boosted the Continental Army's flagging morale, and inspired re-enlistments.
  • ¨This battle inspired re-enlistments and a lot of hessians were captured!¨
  • Despite the battle's small numbers, the American victory inspired rebels in the colonies. With the success of the revolution, a week earlier the army had seemed on the verge of collapse. The dramatic victory inspired soldiers to serve longer and attracted new recruits to the ranks.
  • ¨The Battle Of Trenton was important and we were able to win despite not having a lot of people!¨
  • ¨Hessian soldiers are paid German soldiers hired by the British government.¨
  • The battle pitted approximately 2,400 soldiers of the Continental Army up against about 1,400 Hessian soldiers commanded by Colonel Johann Rall. 
  • In conclusion, the Americans DID win the Battle of Trenton. The Hessian army was crushed in Washington's raid across the Delaware River and the Americans were invigorated by the easy defeat of the British Hessian forces.
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