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Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Order of march to Trenton

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.00495 Author/Creator: Knox, Henry (1750-1806) Place Written: s.l. Type: Autograph document Date: 25 December 1776 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Orders for surprise attack on British forces at Trenton. On Christmas morning Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware, and prepared for a surprise attack on Trenton. These orders lay out the various roles of the different sections of the American army. General Stevens will command the lead group, supported by some of Knox's artillery men. General Greene will command the second group, supported by a number of Knox's cannon. Delineates the various specific jobs of each unit. Includes hand drawn map on verso of Trenton. The pencil map shows the plan of Trenton, the roads and waterways surrounding the city (the Delaware River among them), and small squares that appear to represent some of the British and Hessian troop positions (that supposition is based on a comparison with a Hessian map prepared soon after the battle in the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division , Rochambeau Map Collection). Title from docket.

People: Knox, Henry, 1750-1806.
Greene, Nathanael, 1742-1786.
Stevens, Edward, 1745-1820.

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Battle, Revolutionary War, Revolutionary War General, Military History, Naturalization, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Artillery, Geography and Natural History, Hessians

Sub Era: The War for Independence