Be Washington: The Battle of Second Trenton

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The Battle of Second Trenton

The Battle of Second Trenton

The Battle of Second Trenton was a risky decision. Washington could either advance north into New Jersey and fight against the British, retreat to Philadelphia, or stand firm.

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The Battle of Second Trenton

1776
1777
The British attack and win
Washington Crosses the Delaware
The Battle of First Trenton
Washington Learns Information
Enlistment ends for many of the Continental soldiers.
The British Attack
Washington leads his troops
The British retreat

August through November, 1776

The British attack and win

 A series of British victories drive the revolutionary colonists from New York and New Jersey.

Washington Crosses the Delaware

Washington leads his troops across the icy Delaware. At about 11pm, a heavy snow and sleet storm broke. Washington and his forces did not reach the east bank until 3am.

The Battle of First Trenton

Washington and his men successfully fight in the Battle of First Trenton, capturing Hessian and British soldiers.

Washington Learns Information

Washington learns of weakened and scattered British defenses.

Enlistment ends for many of the Continental soldiers.

Washington encourages his soldiers to stay past their enlistments, promising rewards for "spirited behavior."

The British Attack

The British launch an assault on American troops defending Assunpink Creek, sparking the Battle of Second Trenton.

Washington leads his troops

Washington leads troops through the night from Trenton to Princeton. He keeps campfires burning at Trenton, tricking General Cornwallis into thinking the Continental troops were stationary.

The British retreat

The British retreat from Princeton, and the Continental army reclaims key locations in New Jersey. 

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