Clouds of smoke filled the streets of Trenton as dozens of American Revolutionary War re-enactors engaged in a running battle through town, firing muskets during Trenton’s Patriots Week.
Residents and tourists snapped photos as they walked alongside the re-enactment of the Battles of Trenton, getting a close-up look at the action.
The first Battle of Trenton, which took place on the morning of Dec. 26, 1776, was a small but important battle during the war.
General George Washington’s army marched to Trenton after crossing the icy Delaware River on Christmas Day for a surprise attack on the Hessians, who were fighting for the British. Washington’s army defeated the Hessian troops in this battle.
A week later, he won the second Battle of Trenton on Jan 2, 1777 and the following day won the Battle of Princeton on Jan. 3.
After the second re-enactment on Saturday, Continental soldiers lit 13 crescent torches during the Assunpink Firewalk at Mill Hill Park at the Iron Bridge to honor the victorious battles. The torch lighting kicks off a new tradition for the city.
Participants can experience the events that shaped our nation during Patriots Week. The city holds the event annually from Dec. 26 to Dec. 31 offering historical tours, lectures, films, art, music, living history events and battlefield re-enactments.
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