The Battle Of Trenton: The Success Of The Revolutionary War

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The Battle of Trenton was an imperative success to be had for the entire success of the revolutionary war. The battle of Trenton was a great validation for the colonists that the continental army could really defeat the British and Hessians. This was a great militaristic achievement, further showing the brilliance of George Washington and the military leadership of the patriots. This swayed the opinions of some loyalists, further backing the continental army. This support allowed the continental congress to renew his enlistment, allowing him to gain more troops that wanted to fight under his command. It was a miserable summer for Washington’s army, after he had been chased by British taking Yorktown and defeating him in several other battles. …show more content…
Sullivan’s group would flank from the west, surrounding the town. Sullivan later reported that the guns would not fire due to them being in the cold for so long, but Washington just replied saying to use the bayonets instead. Around 8:00 the attack began (The Battle, 2012). The first outpost spotted Americans from the north quickly fired a volley and retreated back into Trenton. Washington drove both groups straight into Trenton. The Hessians were caught completely off guard. Cl. Rall himself was still asleep by the time of the attack, and barely managed to drag himself out of the …show more content…
The continental army regained confidence in itself, while also gaining the confidence of others. The Battle of Lexington and concord gained the support of the French, but the Battle of Trenton was critical to the continuation of that support (Kline, n.d.). They took away the thought in the British minds that they were untouchable. They had broken the mindset and the power of the British, further providing a way to defeat one of the largest military powers in the world. This war alone was a turning point of the war, giving the Patriots a fighting

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