Days after his stunning victory at Trenton, New Jersey, General George Washington again sought battle against his erstwhile enemy. Rather than face his opponent head-on, Washington flanked the Redcoats gathered near Trenton and marched toward Princeton, to attack a garrison of British troops. Just as Washington’s men neared Princeton, a portion of the British army spied the maneuver, struck the Patriot vanguard and set them on their heels. At that moment—perhaps one of the most important in American history—George Washington arrived on the scene. Mounted on a white horse, Washington organized and led a counterattack that drove the British from the field, giving Washington his first victory over British regulars in the field and capping off 10 crucial days of success for the cause of Independence.
As you may recall, earlier this year, part of the ground where George Washington led that storied charge was being cleared in preparation for a faculty housing complex for the Institute for Advanced Study, a private independent academic institution. Thanks to the support of concerned citizens and members like you, the Institute and the Civil War Trust have reached an agreement to preserve the site of George Washington's famous counterattack—but we again need your help to do it.
We now have the unprecedented opportunity to save 15 acres where George Washington and our nation’s first citizen soldiers fought, increasing the size of the Princeton Battlefield State Park by 16 percent. Land that was once as good as lost can now be protected if we act now. Help us preserve George Washington’s legacy and save Princeton!
Battle of Princeton New Jersey | January 3, 1777