See the Princeton Battlefield come to life on April 9th when The British and Americans are at Princeton! Come watch the American Patriots in training on Saturday from 11:00am-5:00pm at Princeton Battlefield.
This is a “tactical training day” for a unit of the Continental Line, Lamb’s Artillery. This is a real training day for new recruits. As part of their training, there will be demonstrations of the use of the musket, demonstrations of cannon firing, tactical formations and drills, and marching, loading and firing volleys. Muster of the Troops at 11:00 am.
A special highlight will be training for Young Patriots in formation. Muskets replicas for children will be supplied and will also be for sale. Also see a typical American Revolution military camp with a campfire, cooking and the other domestic activities of camp followers and colonists in the late 1700s. There will be presentations explaining the uniforms, weapons and tactics. The public is invited to learn about General Washington’s strategy to win at the Battle of Princeton. Learn by taking a guided tour.
Commentary will also explain why the Battle was such a critical turning point in the American Revolution and how the Battle of Princeton saved the American Revolution. Learn more about the important role of artillery at the Battle of Princeton. Also learn more about Princeton as a British Garrison with headquarters at Nassau Hall and about the mix of Loyalists, Patriots and Quakers that made up the population around Princeton and their conflicting allegiances. Find out who among the names of well-known Princetonians were Loyalists, Patriots and Quakers, and the role of the British Garrison in the Battle. Also visit the Thomas Clarke House, which witnessed the battle on that crucial day, January 3, 1777. The Thomas Clarke House also became a hospital for both American and British soldiers after this bloody battle. It was at this house that General Hugh Mercer was carried and died after Benjamin Rush spent several days administering to him. Learn about progress toward restoring the Clarke House and the significance of the recent purchase of the abutting D’Ambrisi property. For further information on the Princeton Battlefield Society: www.ThePrincetonBattlefieldSociety.com. For questions – contact Kip: [email protected]. Free.