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

TO ARMS! As you may recall, late last year, part of the ground where George Washington led that storied charge was being cleared in preparation for a faculty housing complex for the Institute for Advanced Study, a private independent academic institution. Thanks to the support of concerned citizens and members like you, the Institute and the Civil War Trust have reached an agreement to preserve the site of George Washington's famous counterattack—but we again need your help to do it.  We now have the unprecedented opportunity to save 15 acres where George Washington and our nation’s first citizen soldiers fought, increasing the size of the Princeton Battlefield State Park by 16 percent. Land that was once as good as lost can now be protected if we act now. Help us preserve George Washington’s legacy and save Princeton! Click here to show your support!

George Washington at the Battle of Princeton by Charles Willson Peale

Today, new battles...


The Thomas Clarke House under attack from "the elements" and the famous Mercer Oak is being threatened by disease.  Now, we must honor their sacrifices and fight to preserve their memories and this sacred land.


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 United States history.  


Huzzah!

"Parade with me my brave fellows!"

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

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Welcome to the Princeton Battlefield Area Preservation 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 thissacred and hallowed battlefield.



What Makes The Princeton Battlefield So Important?

  • The United States may not exist if not for the valiant victory at the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777.  
  • 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 had his victory in the field over British regulars.
  • Gen. George Washington  rallied two routed brigades and brought them into battle and launched a decisive counter attackthat swept the British off field
  • Gen. Hugh Mercer was mortally wounded in the first phase of the battle.
  • Capt. Alexander Hamilton  commanded artillery bombarding Nassau Hall in the final phase of the battle.
  • Capt. William Shippen became the first United States Marine  killed on a battlefield
  • The Clarke House served as a field hospital
  • The battle was the culmination of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign, which occurred between December 25, 1776 to January 3, 1777. The Ten Crucial Days was 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


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.