In a stroke of strategic genius, General George Washington manages to evade conflict with General Charles Cornwallis, who was simply dispatched to Trenton to bag the fox (Washington), and wins several encounters with the British back guard, as it departs Princeton for Trenton, NJ.
Deeply concerned by Washington’s success over the Uk at Trenton on December 26, 1776, Cornwallis arrived along with his soldiers in Trenton on the evening of January 2 ready to overwhelm Washington’s 5,000 exhausted, if exuberant, Militia and continentals along with his 8,000 Redcoats. Washington understood much better than to activate such a powerful drive and Cornwallis understood washington would make an effort to get away right away, but he was still left to figure at what course Washington would take. Cornwallis sent soldiers to protect the Delaware River, planning on Washington to change the path he had taken for the midnight crossing on Dec 25. Instead, Washington remaining his campfires burning, muffled the wheels of his army’s wagons and snuck around the side of the English camp. As the Continentals headed north at dawn,North at dawn as the Continentals headed, they met the straggling English rear guard, which they outnumbered 5 to 1 1.
Forty Patriots and 275 British troops died during ensuing Battle of Princeton. After the defeat, the Howe brothers (General William and Admiral Richard) chose to leave most of New Jersey to Washington. Instead of marshalling their significant manpower to retake New Jersey, they concentrated all of their causes between New Brunswick and the Atlantic coast.
New Jersey had endured British invasion and rape and plunder at the hands of Britain’s Hessian mercenaries. Now, as the Patriot militia resumed control, New Jersey Loyalists confronted exile or humiliating repatriation. The Howes’ decision to abandon New Jersey Loyalists permanently.