We knew that the Hessian troops were garrisoned at Trenton, across the river.
We started at 6 in the evening and marched nine mile in the gathering darkness up to McConkey’s ferry. Soldiers were already being ferried across the icy river when we reached the place. It was snowing, and there were ice floes in the river. Most of us did not have proper clothes or shoes, and our muskets were sodden. . It was 3 in the morning of the 26th when finally all of us, including the artillery, crossed. General Washington watched us silently as we crossed . “We’ll take them by surprise. They must have been drinking all night”, said Lt. Munroe as we marched towards Trenton..
Half a mile from Trenton, we surprised a Hessian picket , and captured them. Just then we heard the boom of guns and knew that General Sullivan had arrived with the artillery. Lt. Munroe led us to rush the Hessian artillerists, just as they were about to fire two cannons. The Hessians fled pell-mell, not heeding their commanding officer , who was shot .We captured the entire Hessian force , except a few who escaped.
I am proud to have taken part in the Battle of Trenton,. After our victory at Trenton, many recruits joined our army, and finally “the Rabble” were able to defeat the greatest power on the earth, and gain