Today, new battles...


The Thomas Clarke House under attack from the elements and the iconic Mercer Oak is being threatened by disease. We are all stewards of this land and we should honor the sacrifices of those who fought here; preserve their memories for our fellow citizens and for future generations.

 

We hope you enjoy learning more about the Battle of Princeton, The Princeton Battlefield Society and how you can play a part in protecting this cherished piece of American history. Come tour the battlefield and the Clarke House Museum and learn the history. Or, just come for a walk in this magnificent slice of green space!


Huzzah!

"Parade with me my brave fellows!"

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

Welcome to the Princeton Battlefield Society.  We are an IRS 501(c) 3 non-profit charity created in 1971 to protect and preserve the Princeton Battlefield and the state of New Jersey's Officially Recognized Friends' Organization   Our goal is to save this sacred and hallowedbattlefield and tell the remarkable story of what happened here.


What Makes The Princeton Battlefield So Important?

  • On the morning of January 3, 1777, brave soldiers beat the odds and defeated the world's only super power.  They fought to create a nation based on freedom and democracy, not for themselves, but for future generations. 
  • The Battle of Princeton turned the tide of the American Revolution and inspired a future nation to keep fighting
  • The Battle of Princeton was one of the most important military battles in our nation's history and it is important for future generations to learn about their heritage and the sacrifices that made our country
  • The Princeton Battlefield was names on of America's most endangered historical places in 2012 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and it continues to face challenges today


The Battle of Princeton was the site where:

  • Gen. George Washington  rallied two routed brigades and brought them into battle and launched a decisive counter attackthat swept the British off field
  • In the first phase of the battle Col John Haslet was killed and Gen. Hugh Mercer was mortally wounded.
  • Capt. William Shippen of Philadelphia became the first Marinekilled on a battlefield.
  • The Clarke House served as a field hospital
  • The battle was the culmination of the Trenton and Princeton Campaigns, which occurred between December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777. These "Ten Crucial Days" were a remarkable series of engagements and maneuvers that turned the tide of the American fortunes of war that eventually resulted in this nation's independence from English rule.

The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777 by John Trumball.

George Washington at the Battle of Princeton by Charles Willson Peale