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What are the “Ten Crucial Days?”     

In December 1776, a mere six months after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, General George Washington's fledgling American Army and the cause of liberty were on the verge of being extinguished. A disastrous New York campaign that fall had resulted in the loss of more than half of Washington’s troops, as well as the confidence of Congress and his fellow citizens. Retreating through “the Jerseys” with the remnants of his ragtag Continentals, Washington and his soldiers sought refuge on the west bank of the Delaware River, having narrowly escaped King George III's British troops and their Hessian auxiliaries. Doubling as peace commissioners, British General William Howe and his brother, Royal Navy Admiral Sir Richard Howe, reasoned that further bloodshed was unnecessary. They assumed that the rebellious American soldiers—many of whose enlistments were scheduled to expire at year's end—would no longer be able to offer any significant resistance. Settling into winter quarters, General Howe ordered his regiments to set up a string of cantonments posted through the Jerseys.  

George Washington saw something very different... Taking stock of his army’s desperate situation, the rebel commander-in-chief would launch his forces into a series of victorious engagements, of which British historian Sir George Otto Trevelyan later wrote, “It may be doubted whether so small a number of men ever employed so short a space of time with greater and more lasting effects upon the history of the world.” That space of time—December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777—encompassed “Ten Crucial Days” that changed the course of history.

Do something revolutionary! Experience the “Ten Crucial Days.”

Upcoming Events

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Thomas Paine Comes Home

December 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
18 East Union Street
Bordentown, New Jersey 08505 United States

Thomas Paine is returning to his home town of Bordentown! Please visit the Bordentown Library to relive Thomas Paine’s legacy, performed by Bob Gleason of the American Historical Theater. He will regale us with bold stories of living in Bordentown and his outspoken and controversial career of being a renowned political activist, author, American revolutionary, and…

“My Brave Fellows”

“My Brave Fellows”

December 28 @ 2:15 pm - 3:15 pm
101 Barrack Street
Trenton, NJ NJ United States

@ – With enlistments about to end, Washington’s officers compel the Soldiers of the Continental Army to stay on six more weeks beyond the end of their enlistments. Included in $5 admission. Google Calendar iCal Export Details Date: Time:

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First Battle of Trenton Reenactment

December 28 @ 3:00 pm - 3:45 pm
2 E Front St United States

Come experience our annual winter reenactment during Trenton’s Patriots Week Celebration! On Saturday, December 28th, be immersed in history as you are surrounded by reenactors portraying the soldiers who fought during the Battles of Trenton, which ultimately shaped the destiny of the Revolutionary War and our nation. Follow the troops through the streets and watch…

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Second Battle Reenactment

December 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
165 E. Front Street
Trenton, New Jersey United States

@ – See the action of the Battle of the Assunpink in Mill Hill ParkHaving abandoned Trenton shortly after the battle on December 26, Washington re-crossed with a much larger army later in the week upon learning the British had not re-occupied Trenton. On the morning of January 2, 1777, he dispatched a small brigade…

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250th Logo Contest Announcement

December 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
165 E. Front Street
Trenton, New Jersey United States

@ – The New Jersey Historical Commission and Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area cordially invite you to attend the announcement of the winner of the Revolution NJ Logo Contest. This contest is part of preparations to mark the 250th anniversary of the United States in 2026. Join us for this big announcement;…

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Musical Workshop Performance of “The Crossing and the Ten Crucial Days”

December 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
1958 Lawrenceville Rd
Lawrence, New Jersey 08648
$15

The sacrifice…the glory…the musical! Come see a sneak preview of scenes from a revolutionary new musical in development. This is the story about the times that tried men’s souls. Historically accurate, heart-pounding, and patriotic, The Crossing and the Ten Crucial Days presents inspiring tunes that are both poignant and full of humor. Actors portray the…

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Experience the Battle of Princeton

December 29
354 Quaker Road
Princeton, NJ 08648 United States

JOIN US ON DECEMBER 29 TO CELEBRATE THE 241ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE JANUARY 3, 1777 BATTLE OF PRINCETON Plans are underway for the Princeton Battlefield Society’s early morning, premier educational event in celebration of the January 3rd anniversary of the Battle of Princeton.   On December 29 we will begin our program at the Historical Society…

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Wreath Laying – Princeton Battlefield State Park

December 29 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
500 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540 United States

Join Color Guard units of the Sons of the American Revolution in a ceremony honoring those who fought for our nation’s freedom on the morning of December 26, 1776

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Alexander Hamilton and the 24 Cannons at the Battle of Trenton

December 29 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
299 Parkside Ave
Trenton, NJ 08606 United States

  @ –   This tabletop talk will follow the movements of all 24 of the cannons on the streets of Trenton during the Battle of Trenton and demonstrate why the 18 American cannons – including the two six-pounders commanded by Alexander Hamilton – were decisive in the victory over the Hessians, who had six…