Children Friendly Event
On Saturday from 11:30 am - 4:00 pm, find out how the Battle of Princeton on that cold winter’s day, January 3, 1777, saved the American Revolution. Military encampment and mini-reenactments of the Battle of Princeton, a critical turning point in the American Revolution and the first battle won by the Continental Army against professional British soldiers. The Second Pennsylvania Regiment will present drills and firing demonstrations with musketry, cannon, fife and drum.
As a special feature, we will have Jack Kelly, joining with us, author of Band of Giants! Band of Giants is a riveting account of those who worked along-side our most well-known founders, bringing to life those dedicated to fighting for our independence! Mr. Kelly has also authored the books Gunpowder and Heaven’s Ditch (about the Erie Canal), as well as several novels. He will have books for sale and will be happy to sign them!
With muskets, cannon, fifes and drums, there will be tactical formations and drills, and a combined arms assault re-enactment of the two-phased battle, with marching, loading, and firing volleys. A special feature will be the arrival of General Washington who will give his greetings and answer questions. There will also be a duel with pistols between two officers, all with the backdrop and activities of a typical American Revolution military camp with campfires and the cooking and other domestic activities of camp followers.
Another special feature will be a display of 500 flags honoring those who died at Princeton. And there will be a display of artifacts from the collection of Iain Haight-Ashton, a Board Member of the Battlefield Society.
A special highlight will be training for Young Patriots and marching in formation. Presentations by Jerry Hurwitz, President of the Princeton Battlefield Society, who will explain uniforms, weapons and tactics. The Regiment also will be participating in the Princeton Memorial Day Parade and the Ceremony at the Princeton Battle Monument. The camp will be set up in the morning and struck after 4:00 pm.
Visit the Thomas Clarke House, which was constructed circa 1772 and witnessed the battle! Learn more about its future restoration. Presented by the Princeton Battlefield Society and the Second Pennsylvania Regiment.
This program will be held rain or shine unless it is storming. Free admission. Princeton Battlefield is located at 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ. For more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.theprincetonbattlefieldsociety.com.