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Princeton, New Jersey

Plan of the operations of General Washington against the Kings
troops in New Jersey,
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On January 3, 1777, at the end of a series of skirmishes (including the battle of Trenton, on the eve of which Washington made his famous crossing of the Delaware) known as the ten Crucial Days, one of the bloodiest battles of the American Revolution was fought at Princeton. This battle provided General Washington’s first victory over the British in the field, as American forces prevailed against stronger British forces. At the height of the battle, Alexander Hamilton was responsible for the shelling of Nassau Hall, on the campus of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), to which some British soldiers had retreated. The killed and wounded numbered nearly 90 from the British side and more than 40 from the American. After this decisive battle, the French government began to provide aid to the Americans, and King George III and the British parliament began to be less supportive of the war cause.

To read more about the battles of Princeton and Trenton, see

William M. Dwyer
The Day is Ours!: November 1776-January 1777: An Inside View of the Battles of Trenton and Princeton, 1983. catalog record

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