Ten Crucial Days

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On Christmas Day, 1776, Washington’s army crossed the Delaware River in a blizzard and made a bold strike upon the Hessian garrison in Trenton, altering the course of the war. The First Battle of Trenton was quickly followed by a second battle from which the Continental Army made a quiet nighttime withdraw and surprise attack on Princeton. Boats along the Delaware River shore in New Jersey were commandeered by Hunterdon County men, preventing the British from pursuing the Continental Army into Pennsylvania. This action made it possible for the army to cross the Delaware River in a blizzard on Christmas Night 1776 and make a bold strike upon the Hessian garrison in Trenton, altering the course of the war. The First Battle of Trenton was followed on January 2 by a second battle from which the Continental Army made a quiet nighttime withdraw and surprise attack on Princeton.

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