January 3, 1777

"Parade with me my brave fellows!"

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



Be inspired as you stand on the battlefield that determined the future of the United States.



The Battle of Princeton in 1777 was a pivotal battle in which General George Washington’s revolutionary army defeated British regular forces.



Become a Princeton Battlefield Society member and join us in celebrating and perpetuating America’s Revolutionary War history.

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. We are the state of New Jersey's Officially Recognized Friends' Organization for the Princeton Battlefield.  Our goal is to save this sacred and hallowed battlefield and tell the remarkable story of what happened here.

What Makes The Princeton Battlefield So Important?

  • On the morning of January 3, 1777, brave American soldiers beat the odds and defeated the soldiers of the world's only superpower.  They fought to create a nation based on freedom and democracy, not for just for themselves, but also for future generations.
  • The Battle of Princeton turned the tide of the American Revolution and inspired our young nation to keep fighting.
  • The Battle of Princeton was one of the most critical battles in our nation's history, and it is important for every generation to learn about its heritage and the sacrifices that made our country.
  • The Princeton Battlefield was named one 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:

  • The Trenton and Princeton Campaigns, which occurred between December 25, 1776 and January 3, 1777, reached their climax. These "Ten Crucial Days" were a remarkable series of engagements and maneuvers that turned the tide of the American fortunes of war and eventually resulted in our nation's independence from British rule. 
  • Gen. George Washington rallied two routed brigades of his brave but inexperienced army and brought them back into battle, launching a decisive counterattack that swept the British off the field.
  • Two of the leading soldiers of the revolution, Gen. Hugh Mercer of Virginia and Col. John Haslet of Delaware, were lost. 
  • Capt. William Shippin of Philadelphia became the first Marine killed on a battlefield.
  • The Thomas Clarke House, home of a Quaker family on whose farm the battle was fought, served as a field hospital for both British and Americans after the battle.
George Washington at the Battle of Princeton by Charles Willson Peale
George Washington at the Battle of Princeton by Charles Willson Peale
The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777 by John Trumball
The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777 by John Trumball

Today, new battles...

The historic Thomas Clarke House is under attack from the elements, and the iconic Mercer Oak, where Gen. Mercer suffered his mortal wounds, is being threatened by disease. We at the Princeton Battlefield Society strive to be stewards of this land, and we work to honor the sacrifices of those who fought here and to 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 of the battle and this crucial period in our nation’s war for independence. Or, just come for a walk in this magnificent green space!