When reenacting or acting as a historical interpreter, its good to have a few historical dates and stories to share. This series will publish a few.
December 26, 1776 1st Battle of Trenton
Having successfully crossed the Delaware on Christmas day, the Continental Army attacked a Hessian garrison at Trenton on December 26, 1776. Although the Hessian commander Colonel Johann Rall had received warnings of colonial movements, his men unprepared for Washington’s attack.
As Washington approached the town, he divided his army into two columns which approached the town along different roads. Rall attempted to rally his troops but was never able to establish a defensive perimeter, and was shot from his horse and fatally wounded. The Hessians quickly surrendered. Twenty-two Hessians were killed, 92 wounded, 918 captured but over 400 escaped and fled to join General Howe’s Army. The only Americans casualties were from exposure. Realizing his men could not hold Trenton against British reinforcements, Washington withdrew back across the Delaware.
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