George Washington at the Battle of Princeton

Most people do not know that there was a second battle of Trenton.  This occurred when the American army under the command of George Washington repulsed a British attack upon the American position at Trenton on the night of January 2, 1777.  Expecting to resume the attack the following morning, British General Lord Cornwallis instead woke up the next morning to find that the Americans had disappeared.  While keeping fires going to create the illusion that the Americans were still in their positions, George Washington had instead slipped away with the American army during the night.  In the morning, George Washington then led an attack on the British forces at Princeton, again boosting American morale with another American victory over the British.  Afterwards, the British evacuated New Jersey and retreated to New York City while Washington led his troops to a winter encampment at Morristown, New Jersey. 

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~ by americanpresidents on March 10, 2010.

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