Battle of Trenton, The

DESCRIPTION: "On Christmas day in seventy-six Our gallant troops with bayonets fixed For Trenton marched away." The Americans cross the Delaware River and attack and scatter the Hessian garrison. The soldiers toast the memory of that day
AUTHOR: unknown
EARLIEST DATE: 1843 (Griswold's "Curiosities of American literature," according to Eggleston)
KEYWORDS: war rebellion battle river patriotic
Dec. 25, 1776 - The colonial army under Washington crosses the Delaware River and successfully attacks a force of Hessian mercenaries in their winter quarters at Trenton
REFERENCES (3 citations):
Scott-TheBalladOfAmerica, pp. 72-74, "The Battle of Trenton" (1 text, 1 tune)
Cohen-AmericanFolkSongsARegionalEncyclopedia1, p. 123, "Battle of Trenton" (1 text)
Rabson-SongbookOfTheAmericanRevolution, pp. 42-43, "The Battle of Trenton" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST SBoA072 (Partial)
NOTES [41 words]: Rabson-SongbookOfTheAmericanRevolution's tune is said to be based on something called "Fire of Love," but is said to be modified, so it is neither traditional nor native to the song. It is not clear to me that this piece was ever actually sung. - RBW
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File: SBoA072

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