January 3, 1777

"Parade with me my brave fellows!"

~ General George Washington during the Battle of Princeton, January 3, 1777

We invite you to hear first-hand how six "eyewitnesses" experienced the Battle of Princeton. This video was funded by a grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission and is based on our Eyewitness of the American Revolution cards, i.e. first-person narratives written by Larry Kidder.

The Princeton Battlefield Society is proud of this educational video and the Eyewitness of the American Revolution cards both of which bring to life the experiences of people - - military and civilian, British and American, men and women, free and enslaved - - for the purpose of increasing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of America's War for Independence and the heritage of the Battle of Princeton.

Your ongoing support and partnership in our mission is appreciated. We welcome your comments.

Welcome to the Princeton Battlefield Society, the Officially Recognized Friends Organization of the Princeton Battlefield State Park. As a national, non-profit organization, our mission is:

To acquire, protect, preserve, and restore
the lands and cultural landscape related
to the Battle of Princeton of 1777;

To enlarge and improve the
Princeton Battlefield State Park;

To educate the public about the Battle
of Princeton, the Ten Crucial Days,
and the American Revolution.

What Happened Here?

  • On the morning of January 3, 1777, American soldiers - - Washington’s army - - defeated British Crown forces.
  • The Trenton and Princeton Campaigns from December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777, called the “Ten Crucial Days,” were a remarkable series of engagements and maneuvers that turned the tide for America’s fight for independence.
  • The Battle of Princeton was a morale booster for Washington’s army and inspired a young nation to keep fighting.
  • The Battle of Princeton and the Ten Crucial Days elevated the military leadership of George Washington in the minds of his army and the nation.
  • The battlefield, a historic site, is an educational resource to help us understand our national heritage and the sacrifices involved. (The battle site was named one of America’s most endangered historical places in 2012 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and continues to face preservation issues today.)
  • Among American military leaders and soldiers lost in the Battle of Princeton were General Hugh Mercer of Virginia and Colonel John Haslet of Delaware.
  • Captain William Shippin of Philadelphia became the first Marine killed on a battlefield.