January 3, 1777

"Parade with me my brave fellows!"

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

The Princeton Battlefield Society held a Memorial Day ceremony at the Princeton Battlefield's Mercer Monument to honor the memories and services of fellow Americans who have protected America's freedoms. Seventy-five attendees wrote personal messages on yellow ribbons and affixed them to a memorial wreath. Michael Russell, president of PBS, related his personal feelings each time he walked the Battlefield. He remembered the soldiers who fought and died here, their families, and the civilians who were impacted by the battle. But, he said, he also remembered the meaning of their sacrifices for future American generations. His message was echoed by Elder Kevin J. Bynes, Sr., Pastor of the Morning Star Church of God in Christ, Princeton, who offered a prayer to all Americans, then and now, who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy today.

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.

Upcoming Events

  1. Wreaths Across America Patriot Graves Commemoration Ceremony

    December 18 @ 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
  2. Experience the Battle of Princeton – 2022

    January 2, 2022 @ 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM