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Frederick the Great of Prussia called these 10 days “the most brilliant in the world’s history.” After winning the Battle of Trenton Christmas night, George Washington’s small force dodged Gen. Cornwallis’ 8,000-man British army. Then one night, Washington left his campfires burning and sneaked his army around the back of the British camp at Princeton, N.J. At daybreak, this day, Jan. 3, 1777, Washington attacked, capturing three regiments of British troops. Enthusiasm swept America. Ezra Stiles, president of Yale College, stated: “Who but a Washington, inspired by Heaven, could have conceived the surprise move upon the enemy at Princeton?”

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