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The Battles of Trenton and Princeton In the fall of 1776 Washington and his men were camping out in New York City after the defeat they suffered in Long Island The soldiers shivered around the campfires night after night without shoes blankets or winter uniforms Washington knew that being surrounded by water left him and his 19000 troops extremely vulnerable to the British with their naval mobility and larger forces On November 21 1776 Washington moved his troops south joining the troops from Fort Lee He then continued the journey into Newark New Jersey and waited there for a militia to rally but few showed up The next leg of this journey would take them to New Brunswick leaving on the 28th just as the British were arriving in Newark Then on December 1st the British forces moved to New Brunswick and Washington repositioned his men to Princeton On their way to Princeton Washington had his men destroy all bridges and cut down trees behind them to delay the British who were in pursuit of the American army Once they had reached Princeton the Americans fell back to Trenton along the Delaware River which is the border with Pennsylvania Then on December 2nd two thousand Pennsylvania militiamen joined Washington at Trenton Most men decided to stay home to protect their families from the enemy and any valuable possessions from the British and Hessians The British and Hessians at this time were destroying Jersey homes farms and possessions as they moved through the state As Washington moved to Princeton General Greene was faced with the advancing British and was forced to retreat Joining Washington the combined army now moved back to Trenton and then across the river Washington had every boat that could be found moved to safety across to the Pennsylvania side Reaching the Delaware on the 8th Howe positioned himself across the river After the search for
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