A range of events marks the 239th anniversary of the Battle of Princeton.
Author Event: Retreat Through the Jerseys. Local historian Larry Kidder, author of ‘A People Harassed and Exhausted,’ gives a talk on the retreat of Washington’s forces and their pursuit by the British army through New Jersey in November and December, 1776. Copies of Kidder’s books will be available for sale. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Historical Society of Princeton.
Historical Society of Princeton, 354 Quaker Road, Princeton. Thursday, January 5, 7:30 p.m.,
Ravages of Princeton. Re-enactors from His Majesty’s 17th Regiment of Infantry “occupy” Morven. A series of programs highlights the activities of the British troops who occupied Princeton during the weeks leading up to the famous battle at the Stony Brook Quaker Settlement. His Majesty’s troops patrol Nassau Street, loyalist civilian re-enactors urge the townsfolk to take Oath of Allegiance to the king, soldiers prepare food by fire, and a British officer depicts the British military justice system.
Morven Museum & Garden, 55 Stockton Street, Princeton. Saturday, January 7, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Luminaries at the Princeton Battlefield Monument. British Army historian William P. Tatum III explains the background story of the Princeton Battle Monument on Stockton Street, just north of Morven. The monument’s story provides colorful insights into the long history of battle commemoration in the town. Tatum concludes his presentation with a blow-by-blow account of those portions of the battle that took place within walking distance of the monument.
1 Monument Drive, Princeton. Saturday, January 7, 6 p.m.
The Battle, a Real Time Tour. Bundle up for a real time historical tour of the Battle of Princeton, led by British Army historian William P. Tatum III. Joining him are other re-enactors, both British and American regiments, to show us exactly where, when, and why events unfolded that chilly morning in 1777. Experience the battle, minute by minute, at the same time of year and in similar weather conditions. Learn how these momentous events transpired and were the culmination of the Ten Crucial Days Campaign that changed history.
Clarke House, 500 Mercer Street, Princeton. Sunday, January 8, 6:45 to 9 a.m.