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December 11, 1776

December 11, 2010

“The Continental Congress passed a resolution denouncing as false the rumour that they intended to leave Philadelphia and asking General Washington to publish the same in orders to the army. This he declined to do, in a letter dated the following day; and on December 13, forgetful of their solemn and indignant resolve, they made the city gossip a reality.” — William S. Stryker, The Battles of Trenton and Princeton

After losing New York City to the British and the continental army being pushed back across New Jersey into Pennsylvania, things were not looking good for the success of colonies in their struggle for independence. 

The rag-tag army was running low on provisions, clothing, munitions and morale.  Enlistments were up after the first of the new year.  General Washington had not had a victory on the battlefield since the Declaration of Independence had been signed and read aloud throughout the colonies.  Winter weather was setting in.

Whatever happened next would direct the fate of a continent.

Visit for a listing of activities December 26 – 31 commemorating Trenton’s role in turning the tide of America’s War for Independence. 

Contact us anytime for tours of New Jersey’s historic capital city.

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