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  • The Americans arrived on the outskirts of Trenton around daybreak on December 26th 1776
  • It's freezing!!!!!!!
  •  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.
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