As the Hessians grouped, the Continental Army entered the city at two points, while Nathanael Greene and Washington arrived from the north. The Hessian officers incorrectly assumed they were surrounded with no option for retreat, deciding to counterattack Washington within the city. This proved to be costly as Washington’s forces occupied the highest ground with clear views of all Hessian movements.
Again and again, efforts to outflank the Continentals failed, allowing Washington’s forces to overpower Hessians, who broke ranks, fleeing from the fighting. They retreated east of Trenton where they were forced to surrender. Despite the large number of Hessians that escaped Trenton, Washington still won a crucial strategic and material victory. In only one hour of fighting, the Continental Army secured a vital victory.