Following his surprise victory at Trenton on December 26, 1776, General George Washington decided to use his momentum and grab another victory before entering winter quarters. On December 30, he crossed the Delaware River back into New Jersey. At 1 A.M. on January 3, 1777, the rest of Washington's force set out. In Princeton, Lt. General Charles Cornwallis had left 1,400 British troops under the command of Lt. Colonel Charles Mawhood. Washington was able to attack and defeat the troops at Princeton and get out before General Cornwallis could arrive with reinforcements.
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