Battle of Trenton

Battle of Trenton

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  • At the beginning of the Revolutionary War, the Colonial Army had lost every battle they fought. General Washington was leading his army when they were attacked by British Soldiers. They crossed the Delaware River to escape the attack.
  • Once the Colonial Army crossed the river they were in even worse condition than before. Many soldiers were wounded and sick. The army was running out of food, guns, clothes, boots, and all of their supplies. General Gates brought his army and joined General Washington’s troops. 
  • General Washington created a plan on how to get supplies and hopefully win their first battle. They would attack the Hessians, a nearby group of Europeans, at night. They would steal their supplies. He presented his plan General Gates, Colonel Glover, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, and Hugh Mercer. Glover did not think his plan was wise, but decided to go along anyway.
  • In order for Washington’s plan to work, they would need enough boats for the whole army to cross the river. Washington sent Colonel Glover to get boats from a nearby town. Glover practically stole the boats from a man in the town and he was not happy.
  • The army was going to attack at night, but they had to cross the river. They began crossing the river on Christmas. They left at night, and Washington believed they would get to the Hessians in the early hours of the morning when it was still dark. The whole army made it across the river safely, but they now knew they would have to attack the Hessians in daylight.
  • The army attacked the Hessians in the morning. They first killed the soldiers in the guardhouse, and then moved on to the town. The surprise attack was a success, and the Colonial Army won their first battle. They killed the Hessians colonel which lead them to surrender. No colonial soldiers were killed in the battle. They gained many supplies and took back 900 Hessian prisoners.
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