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Document for December 26th:
Return of Prisoners taken at Trenton the 26th, December 1776 by the Army under the command of his Excellency General Washington.


Return of Prisoners taken at Trenton the 26th, December 1776 by the Army under the command of his Excellency General Washington.; Papers of the Continental Congress 1774-1789, Item 152: Letters from Gen. George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Army, 1775-84; Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention; Record Group 360; National Archives

On the morning of December 26, 1776, Continental troops commanded by General George Washington launched a surprise attack on Hessisan mercenaries barracked at Trenton, New Jersey, scoring an important inspirational victory and capturing 918 prisoners, as detailed on this "Return of Prisoners."

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