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December 21, 1776

December 21, 2010

General Ewing switched it up and sent his men on a night raid to Trenton Ferry on the 21st of December.  With blackened faces, the Americans rowed silently across the river, set several houses on fire, and returned to the safety of Pennsylvania in the dark.

The Hessians were exhausted and demoralized.  Though they suffered few casualties from these raids, they were losing sleep and confidence.  Rall compounded this by sending a strong force out to patrol upriver for signs of the rumored “surprise attack” and ordering his soldiers to sleep fully dressed and prepared for battle.

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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