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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Castrioti

December 26th, 1776 - The Battle of Trenton

Conflict: American Revolution

Combatants: Americans vs. Hessians

Location: New Jersey (USA)

Outcome: American victory


After a daring night crossing, General George Washington led 2,400 Continentals in an attack on the Hessian garrison at Trenton. The surprise assault resulted in a much-needed victory for the Americans. Of the 1,400 Hessians, thirty were killed and close to 1,000 captured along with canons and other munitions. Colonel Johann Rall, the Hessian commander, was mortally wounded in the street fighting.

Battle of Trenton by by Hugh Charles McBarron, Jr.


Points of Interest:

  • The Americans only took 5 casualties in this battle.

  • Washington followed up this much-needed victory with another at Princeton eight days later.









George Washington by Gilbert Stuart

















Johann Gottlieb Rall by Benson John Lossing

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