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

Today, new battles...

The Thomas Clarke House under attack from "the elements" and the iconic Mercer Oak is being threatened by disease.  Now, we must honor the sacrifices of those who fought here and 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.  


"Parade with me my brave fellows!"

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

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  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.