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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: December 20, 2016 02:49 PM
From: Representative Thomas J. Quigley
To: All House members
Subject: Resolution Recognizing the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Trenton
I will be introducing a resolution recognizing December 26, 1776 as the 240th Anniversary of the Battle of Trenton. The battle took place on December 26, 1776 when General George Washington realizing that without a decisive action and expiring enlistments, the Continental Army was likely to dissolve, planned a daring assault on the Hessian garrison at Trenton. Washington’s men and cannons crossed the icy river in boats and began the 19-mile march towards Trenton in a freezing storm. The Hessian force at Trenton numbered 1,400 under the leadership of Colonel Johann Rall.

As he approached the town, Washington divided his men, sending flanking columns under General Nathaniel Greene and General John Sullivan. Meanwhile, Colonel Henry Knox’s cannons fired on the garrison. Rall attempted to rally his troops but was never able to establish a defensive perimeter, and was shot from his horse and fatally wounded. The Hessians quickly surrendered. All told, 22 were killed, 92 wounded, 918 captured and 400 escaped. The Americans suffered two frozen to death and five wounded.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as HR46