It took many patriots and muskets to defend the bridge and prevent the crossing of the Hessians over Assunpink Creek, at the Second Battle of Trenton, during the American War for Independence. In January 1777, south of Trenton, New Jersey, George Washington’s Continental Army and local militias, held a defensive line along the south shore of Assunpink Creek, stretching from the mouth of the creek up to Philip’s Mill. The rebels repelled several charges by British and Hessian soldiers across the stone bridge over the creek, and also repelled an attempt by the enemy to ford the creek near its mouth.
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At the Battle of Trenton which took place on December 26, 1776, Washington chased the British out of New Jersey. All four Hessian colonels in Trenton were killed during the battle.
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Saint Michael’s, organized in 1703, is the oldest Episcopal parish in the area of Trenton, New Jersey. After Washington’s Continental army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas Eve of 1776, these church grounds were the site of much of the fighting during the Battle of Trenton that followed, as Britain’s Hessian mercenaries had stationed themselves and their artillery here. The church’s cemetery contains some notable graves including David Brearly, a signer of the U. S. Constitution, and the infant daughter of Joseph Bonaparte.
Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church is on the National Register of Historic Places (New Jersey’s Capital City, Mercer County, Capital District, Trenton, NJ, USA).
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