First success of Campaign 1776 achieved
In September 2015, the Civil War Trust joined the Princeton Battlefield Society, the State of New Jersey, the Friends of Princeton Open Space and other partners in a ribbon cutting ceremony on the Princeton Battlefield State Park, commemorating this preservation success. In April, the State of New Jersey completed the purchase of 4.6 acres of the Princeton Battlefield. The acquisition marks the first Revolutionary War battlefield preservation opportunity to include funds from the Civil War Trust’s Campaign 1776 initiative!
“How fitting that our first victory in this new category is on the same field where George Washington first defeated the British Regulars in combat,” said Trust President James Lighthizer. “I can imagine no more auspicious way to begin our efforts than on this storied field, working alongside wonderful state and local partners.”
The project’s estimated cost of more than $900,000 was principally financed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres program, with additional funding from local governments and private sources. The property will be fully restored to its 18th-century appearance, allowing for a trail system to run from downtown Princeton along Route 206 into the Princeton Battlefield Park.
The Trust’s contribution funded a ground-penetrating radar study, using 21st-century technology to improve our understanding of this Revolutionary War conflict. A report from this study is expected to be available to the public upon completion of the archaeological research and analysis.
Thank you to the many friends and partners who made the preservation of this Revolutionary War battlefield a success!
Battle of Princeton New Jersey | January 3, 1777