The Virginia Gazette

Today in the 1770s: January 4

PHILADELPHIA, January 4, 1777.
LAST Tuesday night col. George Weedon, of Virginia, arrived in this city with the Hessian officers taken at Trenton, in the action of the 26th; he this day delivered them to the Council of Safety, with six standards. They are allowed their parole of honour, and declare themselves perfectly satisfied with their fate. We hear the colonel sets off again, in a day or two, for the continental army in Jersey.

Virginia Gazette (Purdie) January 24, 1777

About this entry:

When the Americans won the Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776, 918 Hessians were taken prisoner. Colonel Weedon was promoted to brigadier general the month following his arrival at Philadelphia with the prisoners and the six captured regimental flags (standards).

Sources: HDAR

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