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Colonel Moylan to Robert Morris



Head-Quarters, Newton, 27th December, 1776.

A Return of Prisoners taken at TRENTON, December 26th, 1776, by General WASHINGTON and the Army under his command.
Regiments, Colonels. Lieut˙ Colonels. Majors. Captains. Lieutenants. Ensigns. Surgeons. Seargeants. Drummers. Musicians. Officers' Servants. Rank and File. Total.
Lanspach ˙˙˙ 1 1 1 3 4 38 6 5 9 206 274
Kniphausen ˙ 1 2 2 3 25 6 6 258 303
Rhol˙˙˙˙˙˙˙˙ 1 1 1 1 2 5 2 25 8 4 9 244 304
Artillery ˙˙˙˙ 1 4 1 32 38
  1 2 3 4 8 12 2 92 20 9 25 740 918

DEAR SIR: Above is a very rough but as just a sketch of the prisoners taken yesterday morning, as I can collect. I was unfortunately too late to share in the honours of the day, being catched in the storm, and little imagining that any attempt would have been made at such an inclement time. There were about twenty killed and wounded; amongst the latter, the Colonel, one Lieutenant-Colonel, and one Major. Our loss very inconsiderable; two or three killed, and as many wounded. Captain Washington, a fine spirited officer of Weedon' s, is amongst the latter. Six pieces of artillery, brass double-fortified three-pounders, twelve drums, four standards, and about one thousand stand of arms, were taken. If the whole plan could have been put into


execution, there is little doubt but the whole of the Hessians along the Delaware would have been done for.

The spirited conduct of the whole that went over, which, from the best computation, did not exceed twenty-two hundred, was great. You must remember what a morning yesterday was, for men clad as ours are to march nine miles to attack an enemy provided with every necessary, and elated with a succession of advantages over our handful of men, whom they were accustomed to see retreating before them. What a change in the scene! About fifty Light-Horse, and between six and seven hundred, pushed off before our men could be posted; the remainder submitted with their arms in their hands.

Colonel Baylor can inform you of more particulars, If he stays long enough with you. He goes to Congress with the good news. Gates promised to send me the plan for the battalion of Horse. When he does, shall trouble you with it. Adieu, my dear friend; believe me, I am most truly yours, STEPHEN MOYLAN.

To Robert Morris, Esq˙, Member of Congress, at Philadelphia.