Washington’s Letter to John Cadwalader

Washington’s Letter to Cadwalader about keeping the Hessian’s attention diverted

This note, penned at McConkey’s Ferry, asked Cadwalader to keep the enemy’s attention diverted so that he could gain the upper hand.  And, so it was, and the victory at Trenton was the first defeat of British/Hessian forces.  Coupled with the defeat of the British forces at the Battle of the Assunpink Creek, it helped recruit new soldiers into Washington’s forces that were 90% depleted after the one-year enlistment terms expired and defeats in New York.  George Washington needed the wins if he stood a chance of removing the British from New Jersey.  With the assistance of Ezekiel Anderson and two other scouts, Washington boldly sneaked out of Trenton near midnight, January 3rd, 1777 to move on to Princeton by roads little-used by the British.  Ezekiel Anderson had helped move over 5,000 tired and weary soldiers into yet another battle.  And Washington’s leadership proved crucial to victory at Princeton!dscn1731