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We’ve taken nearly 1000 prisoners, six cannon, more than 1000 muskets, 12 drums, and four colors.

December 26, 2011

December 26, 3 PM–I have been talking with Rall’s Adjutant, Lieut. Piel. He says that Rall sat down to a grand dinner at the Trenton Tavern Christmas Day, that he drank a great deal of wine and sat up nearly all night playing cards. He had been in bed but a short time when the battle began and was sound asleep. Piel shook him, but found it hard work to wake him up. Supposing he was wide awake Piel went out to help rally the men, but Rall not appearing, he went back and found him in his nightshirt. “What’s the matter” Rall asked. Piel informed him that a battle was going on. That seemed to bring him to his senses. He dressed himself, rushed out and mounted his horse to be mortally wounded a few minutes later.

We’ve taken nearly 1000 prisoners, six cannon, more than 1000 muskets, 12 drums, and four colors. About forty Hessians were killed or wounded. Our loss is only two killed and three wounded. Two of the latter are Captain Washington and Lieutenant Monroe, who rushed forward very bravely to seize the cannon.

I have just been with General Washington and Greene to see Rall. He will not live through the night. He asked that his men might be kindly treated. Washington promised that he would see they were well cared for.

Visit www.Patriotsweek.com for a listing of activities December 27 – 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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