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This Day in History: George Washington’s second battle at Trenton

On this day in 1777, the “second battle of Trenton” occurs. The Americans had won an astounding victory a mere one week earlier. Now, the British were back, trying to recover the ground they’d lost.

Much had happened in one short week. On December 25, Washington’s men made a difficult trip across the Delaware River. On the 26th, they launched a surprise attack on Trenton and won, against all odds. After their victory, the Americans had returned back across the Delaware, taking their prisoners of war with them. Word spread about Washington’s victory. He was extolled as a hero.

 

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