|The farm and barn on the northern outskirts of Trentown|
|From the farmhouse looking south towards Trentown|
|View from the opposite side of Trentown|
Steve had the initiative and his first brigade, Archers, entered the table and began to advance towards the barn and the half timbered house. Fortunately for the Hessians, one of the locals was having his morning walk, (around his rabbit snares) and saw the advancing Americans and ran back to the town. The first building he came to was the Buchanan House, where the Von Dornop's Musketeers were billeted (the building on the left in the photo above). The colonel was an early riser and immediately ordered his men to arms. Behind Archer's brigade were Betsrman's and they began to advance straight along the road towards Trentown. Although he was detained by the colonel of the Von Dornop Musketeers the local eventually roused the grenadiers in the half timbered building across the road. Their commander decided the best course was to hold the house and ordered preparations for its defence. Von Dornop's Musketeers formed up outside the Buchanan House and advanced to the fence ready to defend the outskirts of Trentown.
|Von Dornop's form up|
In the centre, Von Dornop's men had begun to fire at Besterman's leading battalion as it marched up the road, forcing it to deploy into line. The Hessians were getting the better of the musketry duel until Benedict directed Archer to move one of his Continental battalions to join in the fire on the Hessians. When Besterman's artillery also joined in the writing was on the wall and with losses increasing the musketeers had to fall back behind the Buchanan House to rally.
|Duggan's attack gains momentum|
|Tha American attack develops|
|Courtney's men arrive|
|Clarke's men enter Trentown|
Dalrymple set to his task with a will. Ordering his rifles to harass Chamberlain's dragoons the grenadiers were to lead the attack south of Trentown, straight at Duggan's men. One volley from the grenadiers drove a unit of militia back in disorder. With line battalions supporting each flank of the grenadiers, the British line swept forward. Duggan galloped up to the battalion which had just recovered from the melee to capture the church. The tattered ranks faced this new threat and fired two devastating close range volleys. The grenadiers staggered and then stopped attempting to regain their order. A third volley sent them reeling backwards. The gallant Americans had no time to celebrate. A volley from Fraser's regiment ripped through their thinned ranks and forced them to retreat. Dalrymple ordered forward his artillery to 'soften up' the rebels before resuming his attack.
Courtney's advance was more circumspect. His light dragoons observed Chamberlain's men whilst the light troops sniped at them. The infantry battalions advanced towards the gap between the farm and barn held by Major Steiner and the town of Trentown. Courtney could see that the Hessian musketeer battalions were struggling to hold their position against Besterman, and with Clarke's men now arriving the Hessian position was perilous.
|Chamberlain's men on the move|
|The destruction of the grenadiers|
|Courtney's light infantry fire into the flank of Clarke's men|
Brave as they were, the grenadiers were eventually forced to fall back by the combination of artillery and musketry fire which swept their position. As they fell back they were hit by musketry from Clarke's men and the retreat became a rout. The musketeers also broke under the sheer volume of fire directed at them. Courtney's men tried to hold the line, but with their left flank 'in the air' were shredded by volleys from Clarke's men. When Dalrymple's last remaining unit broke due to casualties received in its fire fight with Duggan Abercorn ordered the retreat. The gallant Hessian jaegers and fusiliers fell back in good order, holding Archer's men off. The remaining Americans were too weary to pursue.