The Americans arrived on the outskirts of Trenton around daybreak on December 26th 1776
Washington split his force into two columns. One, commanded by Nathaniel Greene attacked from the North, while a second under John Sullivan attacked from the west to cut the line of retreat to the south.
Troops we shall divide and conquer
Johann Rall and his troops were taken completely by surprise. A few Hessians managed to escape, but most were captured, including the mortally wounded Rall.
Colonel Rahl was fatally wounded. He and his troops retreated to an orchard in the south-east of the town, where they surrendered.
Retreat to the orchard in the south-east of the town
The Hessian casualties were 22 killed and 83 wounded. Over 1,000 Hessians were captured. The American colonist casualties were only 2 killed and 5 wounded in the battle
The element of surprise allowed the Americans to overcome the British
Victory is ours! Now we must treat the wounded
Washington, emboldened by the victory, would recross the Delaware again fighting a delaying action at the Battle of the Assunpink and winning another victory at the Battle of Princeton. These wins allowed the Revolution to survive.