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How did General George Washington win the first major US victory at Trenton?

December 26th

Battle_of_Trenton_by_Charles_McBarronDecember 26, 1776 — At approximately 8 a.m. this morning, General George Washington’s Continental Army reached the outskirts of Trenton, New Jersey, and descended on the Hessian forces guarding the city.

Historians explain: “Trenton’s 1,400 Hessian defenders were groggy from the previous evening’s Christmas festivities and had underestimated the Patriot threat after months of decisive British victories throughout New York.”

The troops of the Continental Army quickly overwhelmed the German defenses, and by 9:30 a.m.Trenton was completely surrounded.

Words of Wisdom

Tell General Sullivan to use the bayonet. I am resolved to take Trenton.

— George Washington on the Battle of Trenton, noting that it was raining, so soldiers couldn't use gun powder