Battle of Trenton
After suffering a series of defeats at the hands of the British (The most powerful nation in the world at the time), the hopes of the colonies and George Washington looked bleak. Soon the American Revolution against England would be over and we would remain under British rule. It was almost the new year of 1777 and enlistments in the American Continental Army would be running out. Washington and his army of about 2,200 men were camped out in what is now Washington's Crossing, Pennsylvania. They were sorely under-equipped and freezing. The British Army and the German mercenaries (Called Hessians) they paid to fight for them were camped in Trenton and Princeton. Washington decided to attempt one more attack before he lost most of his army and sure defeat.
On Christmas night 1776, Washington crossed the icy Delaware River in a harsh storm and marched the eight miles to Trenton. He surprised the Hessians stationed in what is now the Old Barracks. Washington's men captured Trenton suffering almost no casualties. Several days later, the British marched down from Princeton and Washington's Army defeated them also. A bunch of farmers and craftsmen had shocked the strongest army in the world. This convinced other American patriots to join the fight and enlist in Washington's Army. Many believe the Battle of Trenton was the changing point of the Revolution. Without his victory in our city, we probably would have lost the war and remained British. The Battle of Trenton earned a place in history for our city.
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