rederick the Great of Prussia called these ten days
"the most brilliant in the world's history."
After winning the
Battle of Trenton
, Christmas Day evening,
small 1,200 man force confronted
4,500 man British army.
The night of January 2, 1777,
Washington left his campfires burning
marched his army in absolute silence around the back of the British camp
, New Jersey.
Gun were wrapped in heavy cloth to stifle any noise.
At daybreak, JANUARY 3, 1777,
the British from behind, similar to what the British did to the Americans at the Battle of Brooklyn Heights.
The British fought back, sending a bayonet charge which killed dozens of American soldiers.
One of those killed was
General Hugh Mercer
, who had fought with Washington in the French and Indian War, and in the Battle of Trenton, and whose descendants included
WWII General George S. Patton.
After this British counter-attacked, the
under General John Cadwalader
fell into a panic and began to flee.
To stop the retreat, General George Washington immediately rode to the front of the line and ordered the soldiers to stop fleeing.
He quickly commanded them to turn around and follow him back to the line, riding within 30 yards of the British.
Turning and facing his men,
Washington yelled "Halt!" "Aim" then "Fire!
British immediately returned by firing a volley.
The field of battle was filled with a
cloud of smoke.
was surely shot, as he was
exposed to fire from both sides
American officer John Fitzgerald pulled his hat down to cover his eyes so as to not see Washington killed.
when the smoke cleared
, to their dismay,
Washington was seen waving to his men to charge forward
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Over 300 British were captured and an estimated 100 killed or wounded, as compared to only 23 Americans killed and 20 wounded.
Enthusiasm swept America.
Sir George Otto Trevelyan wrote of the American victories
at Trenton and Princeton:
"It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world."
President Calvin Coolidge stated October 28, 1925:
"Distinguished military critics have described
Washington's campaign of Trenton
as a military exploit of unparalleled brilliancy."
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The equestrian statue at Washington Circle in Washington, D.C.
depicts General Washington
Battle of Princeton
At the statue's dedication in 1860, sculptor Clark Mills stated:
at the battle of Princeton where Washington
, after several ineffectual attempts to rally his troops,
advanced so near the enemy's lines that his horse refused to go further
, but stood and trembled while the brave rider sat undaunted with reins in hand.
But while his noble horse is represented thus terror stricken,
the dauntless hero is calm and dignified, ever believing himself the instrument in the hand of Providence to work out the great problem of liberty."
Yale President Ezra Stiles described
General George Washington
American version of the Israelite commander Joshua
, in an Election Address before the Governor and General Assembly of Connecticut, May 8, 1783:
"Congress put at the head of this spirited army,
the only man
, on whom the eyes of all Israel were placed ...
This American Joshua was raised up by God
, and divinely formed by a peculiar influence of the Sovereign of the Universe, for the great work of leading the armies of this American Joseph ...
conducting this people
through the severe, the arduous conflict,
to liberty and independence .
Ezra Stiles continued:
"In our lowest and most dangerous estate
in 1776 and 1777, we sustained ourselves against the
British army of sixty thousand troops
commanded by Howe, Burgoyne, and Clinton, and other the ablest generals Britain could procure throughout Europe,
with a naval force of 22,000 seamen
in above eighty British men of war ...
... This was sealed and c
onfirmed by God Almighty in the victory of General Washington
, and in the surprising movement and
battle of Princeton
; by which astonishing effort of generalship,
General Howe and the whole British army
, in elated confidence and in open-mouthed march for Philadelphia,
was instantly stopped, remanded back, and cooped up for a shivering winter in the little borough of Brunswick
God turned the battle to the gate
; and this
gave a finishing to the foundation of the American Republic
Ezra Stiles ended:
Who but a Washington, inspired by Heaven,
could have struck out
the great movement and maneuver of Princeton
The United States are under peculiar obligations to become a holy people unto the Lord our God.
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