Charles Wilson Peale’s portrait of General Washington at Princeton

One of the greatest victories for the Americans during the American Revolutionary War took place at the Battle of Princeton in January 1777, coming directly after Washington’s successful attack at Trenton on December 26. Some fighting took place in town: Nassau Hall, the main building of Princeton University, then known as the College of New Jersey, was occupied by British forces until Alexander Hamilton brought up cannon to shell it, and the British surrendered! However, the bulk of the action took place two kilometers southwest of Princeton at what is now Princeton Battlefield State Park. The battlefield can be reached in less than 10 minutes from the university, and participants will have several opportunities to visit it during the week. The full visit takes less than an hour, and we will explain how the action unfolded across the battlefield.