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December 17, 1776

December 17, 2010

Brigadier General James Ewing launched a pre-dawn raid on the Hessian outpost at Trenton Ferry.  Using small boats and the cover of heavy cannon fire from the western bank, 30 men crossed the river and attacked the Jaegers stationed at the ferry.  Ewing’s men were back across the river before word got to Colonel Rall. 

The Hessian commander reinforced the post at the ferry and the raiders struck again on the morning of the 18th.  The occupying troops were left shaken by the swiftness of the attack.

On the 19th, Rall had the whole garrison up before dawn and sent a fully company and cannons to the ferry landing.  The Americans didn’t attack.

Rall repeated the pre-dawn drill each morning, pulling the increasingly tired troops back each day after the sun was up. 

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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