Princeton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
From Trenton to Princeton
With British strength at Princeton now at nearly 8,000, Charles Cornwallis moved to attack Trenton on January 2. A strong American force under Colonel Edward Hand in Maidenhead (now Lawrenceville) began a running battle, slowly giving ground back into Trenton. Darkness ended this Second Battle of Trenton and found the town divided between British and American forces. With his back to the Delaware River, Washington used information from the Cadwalader spy map to make a withdrawal east and around the British troops in Trenton and Maidenhead. Under strict silence, tired American soldiers marched through the night, arriving here on the Clarke family farms
Erected by State of New Jersey, Division of Parks and Forestry.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1862.
Location. 40° 19.74′ N, 74° 40.512′ W. Marker is in Princeton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. This marker is near a service road in the Princeton Battlefield State Park, between the parking area and the Thomas Clarke House. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton NJ 08540, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Thomas Clarke House (here, next to this marker); General Hugh Mercer (within shouting distance of this marker); The British Occupation of New Jersey (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Moulder’s Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the Institute Lands (about 500 feet away); Route of Washington’s March (about 600 feet away); Stony Brook Meeting House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richard Stockton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,555 times since then and 83 times this year. Last updated on May 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos: 1. submitted on January 2, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. 5. submitted on April 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 6. submitted on January 2, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 7. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.