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From the Diary of an Officer on Washington’s Staff

December 23, 2011

New Town, Pa, December 23, 1776

Orders have been issued to cook rations for three days. Washington has just given the counter sign, “Victory or Death.” He has written a letter to General Cadwalader at Bristol, which he has intrusted me to copy. he intends to cross the river, make a ten-mile march to Trenton, and attack Rall just before daybreak. Ewing is to cross and seize the bridge crossing the Assunpink. Putnam and Cadwalader are to cross and make a feint of attacking Donop so that he can not hasten to Rall’s assistance.

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