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December 26,

Irish at Battle of Trenton: General John Sullivan

December 26: TODAY IN IRISH HISTORY (published by IrishmanSpeaks)

1776: Battle of Trenton where Continental troops under the command of John Sulllivan defeated and captured Hessian troops. For morale reasons alone this was an important victory to a revolutionary army that was in low spirits. John Sullivan was son of Irish immigrants who went on to be a delegate to the Continental Congress. Prior to the battle when Sullivan advised his gunpowder was getting wet, Washington reportedly responded “”Tell General Sullivan to use the bayonet. I am resolved to take Trenton.”

Other Irish involved in the campaign and associated with Sullivan  include Ulster born Brigadier General William Maxwell who fought with Sullivan in a 1779 campaign against the Iroquois who had sided with the British. 

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