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Christmas in 1776 for the Continental Army

25 Dec 1776: Patriot General George Washington Crosses the Delaware River with 5,400 troops. The Patriot forces crossed the river to launch a surprise attack on Hessian (German mercenary) forces located in Trenton, New Jersey.

26 DEC 1776: After crossing the Delaware River Patriot forces fought the Battle of Trenton. The Hessian forces were caught off guard due to a low expectation of the Patriot forces ability to launch a attack. Due to the fact that not all the the Patriot forces crossed the river in time, the attack was not as successful as planned. Regardless, the Patriot forces only lost 4 Soldiers for 1,000 captured Hessians. 

The small victory invigorated Patriot forces in the colonies, who after mostly losses had been on the verge of collapse. 

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