"Just At Dawn We Found Ourselves In The Environs Of Princeton:" A Reinterpretation Of The Battle Of Princeton, 3 January 1777

Author(s): Robert Selig; Wade Catts; Matthew Harris

Year: 2016

Summary

After a series of military disasters that threatened to end the Revolution, the Battle of Princeton was the first American victory in the field against British regulars and followed on the success of the first Battle of Trenton ten days earlier. A comprehensive mapping study funded by the American Battlefield Protection Program offers a reinterpretation of the battle through the use of documentary, graphic, and archeological resources, and the correlation of the historical record with the existing terrain.  As a result of the study, several significant changes to the standard interpretation of the battle’s chronology and geographical distribution of opposing forces are presented. A thorough compilation of first-person accounts, many not previously used in battle interpretations, provide new insights into the engagement. Military terrain analysis, the use of digitized historical maps and aerial photographs, the application of a digital elevation analysis, and archaeological data further support the reinterpretations. 

Cite this Record

"Just At Dawn We Found Ourselves In The Environs Of Princeton:" A Reinterpretation Of The Battle Of Princeton, 3 January 1777. Robert Selig, Wade Catts, Matthew Harris. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Washington, D.C. 2016 ( tDAR id: 434405)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 397