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January 2, 1777 - American forces hold at the Battle of the Assunpink Creek.  Crossing the Delaware River on Christmas night 1776, Gen. George Washington (right) surprised the Hessian garrison at Trenton, NJ.  Winning a stunning victory, he briefly withdrew back to Pennsylvania before returning to New Jersey on December 30.  Occupying a strong position behind Assunpink Creek, he prepared for the expected British counterattack.  Marching south with around 5,500 men, Lt. Gen. Lord Charles Cornwallis engaged American skirmishers north of Trenton on January 2.  Badly slowed, his army did not reach Washington's position until late in the day.  Eager to destroy the Americans, Cornwallis mounted three attacks against a stone bridge over the creek.  Bloodily repulsed, he decided to halt the battle until morning.  During the night, Washington's army slipped away and began moving against the British garrison at Princeton.  On the morning of January 3, Cornwallis was stunned to find the American lines empty.  To the northeast, Washington defeated Lt. Col. Charles Mawhood at the Battle of Princeton

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