The Battles of Trenton and the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution
Yes, there were two Battles of Trenton following George Washington’s successful crossing of the Delaware River Christmas night 1776. The Second Battle of Trenton, the one where Washington fought Gen. Charles Cornwallis’s forces to a standstill at the Assunpink Creek set up the Battle of Princeton. It’s hard to overstate and dead and dormant the American cause seemed after series of defeats. But Washington’s Crossing, which took the Hessians by surprise, changed history. The Old Barracks Museum, located on the edge of Trenton, is a great resource. It also the staging ground for the annual re-enactment ceremonies that have gotten bigger each year.
A detailed listing of the events that begin with the Christmas Day re-enactment of Washington’s Crossing and end with the Battle of Princeton is available here at the Patriot’s Week site .
During the Second Battle of Trenton, also known as the Battle of Assunpink Creek, Washington successfully repelled three separate charges from Cornwallis against his Continental Army.
“Washington’s bold crossing of the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776 is an oft-told tale of a midnight march through a winter storm and a dawn attack on a sleeping garrison at Trenton,” the Patriot’s Week site explains. “His riskier gamble four days later, again crossing the river to deliberately provoke a second Battle of Trenton against the full force of the British Army, is a story many have not heard.”
T.C. Nelson, the owner of Trenton Social, located on South Broad Street, would like to see Trenton become “the new Gettysburg.” With a little imagination and leadership, Trenton could leverage its assets in a serious way. This would include the arts and entertainment facilities and its rich history.
- ‘Washington’ crosses the Delaware in 61st annual re-enactment of historic Battle of Trenton (nj.com)
- Crowds relive Washington’s 1776 river crossing (sacbee.com)
- Photos: Reliving Washington’s 1776 Christmas crossing the Delaware (photos.denverpost.com)