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December 26, 2012 Published in Letters/Opinions

Christmas Hurrah!

Dear Editor,

The morning after Christmas was the time of George Washington's surprise attack on the Hessian troops at Trenton, NJ.  The Continental Army was in desperate need of a victory to increase morale.  Our rag-tag troops recrossed the Delaware River during the night in order to be in Trenton by dawn on December 26th.  Washington was counting on the idea that the Hessians would have been up late celebrating on Christmas night and not looking for a fight at first light on the day after a holiday.  Our troops captured about 900 mercenary soldiers and crossed the river for the third time.
Hurrah! for the Continental Army!  Three cheers for George Washington!  Without the boost of this victory we might not have had an army at Valley Forge. Without a resident force in camp that winter, we may not have had a country by the next summer.
Dan Manka

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