Battle of Princeton

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The Battle of Princeton was a crucial battle in the Revolutionary war. Before this battle, American morale was low and people were beginning to loose confidence in the revolution. Washington, the commander of rebel forces at this battle, believed that a loss at this time would spell American defeat. Short of supplies and men, Washington paddled across the Delaware to meet destiny.
After the British defeat at Trenton, the British General Howe ordered Cornwallis to defend Princeton from any rebel attacks. Cornwallis, proceeding to Trenton, left 6000 men under the command of colonel Mawhood at Princeton. Mawhood begins marching only to find Washington entrenched and ready for battle. Washington repels the English and both sides cease fire during the night.
As night falls, Washington directs a small group of soldiers to set camp as a decoy. Meanwhile, Washington and his troops silently maneuvered behind Mawhood's troops. The next day, two detachments from each side encounter each other while marching. The British had 276 men while the rebels, under Mercer, had 320. The British charged and pushed the colonials back. The rebels were reinforced by some 600 more troops, but despite the odds, the British fought valiantly and pushed the patriots back. Washington arrived and rallied his men. He finally broke the redcoat line and charged.
The patriots continued to charge into the city of Princeton. Some of the British were forced into Nassau Hall, the main building of Princeton University. After the rebels fired a number of cannonballs into the building, the British troops were forced to surrender.
After the English surrendered, Washington called off all pursuit and packed up supplies quickly to make an escape. The larger army of Cornwallis would soon be deployed to the area. He kept moving until he was forced to allow his troops to rest along the Millstone river. Washington was able to make his escape to the prot