The Campaign of Princeton, 1776-1777

The Campaign of Princeton, 1776-1777

Copyright Date: 1948
Pages: 160
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    The Campaign of Princeton, 1776-1777
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    The campaign ending at Princeton on January 7, 1777 was "the feat that turned the scale," spurring the Colonies on to Revolution.The Campaign of Princetontells the fascinating story of this critical event.

    Originally published in 1976.

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    eISBN: 978-1-4008-6736-3
    Subjects: Political Science

Table of Contents

  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
    (pp. vii-x)
    Alfred Hoyt Bill
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. xi-2)
  4. CHAPTER I General Washington Gives a Dinner
    (pp. 3-29)

    For those who called themselves patriots in the Independent States of America, the year 1776 had been drawing to a close in unmitigated gloom. Brilliant successes at its beginning—the British compelled to evacuate Boston, Sir Henry Clinton and a British fleet repulsed at Charleston—had been followed by an unbroken series of defeats and disasters. The American forces had been driven out of Canada; Arnold’s flotilla had lost its battle on Lake Champlain. Washington’s army had barely escaped capture on Long Island. New York had been abandoned, Manhattan Island traversed in a retreat that Washington called “disgraceful and dastardly.”...

  5. CHAPTER II Fröhliche Weihnachten!—Der Feind! Der Feind! Heraus! Heraus!
    (pp. 30-62)

    The situation of the Hessians at Trenton and in the Bordentown neighborhood between December 10th and 25th had not been by any means so happy as it must have appeared to the wistful gaze of the American soldiers on the opposite bank of the river. It had grown increasingly worse from day to day, though it had seemed promising enough at first. For the Jerseys had been less unwilling than many of the other states to listen to the proposals for reconciliation put forth by General Howe and his brother the Admiral.

    When, in September, those two had joined in...

  6. CHAPTER III Lord Cornwallis Fails to “Bag the Fox”
    (pp. 63-99)

    Back in September—about the time, curiously enough, when Henry Knox was promising his wife that one defeat would mean ruin to the British—Sir Henry Clinton wrote in what he called an observation: “My advice has ever been to avoid even the possibility of a check. We live by victory. Are we sure of it this day?J’en doute[sic].” Clinton had taken what was tantamount to a beating at Charleston and was correspondingly anxious, though he believed that Washington’s defeat on Long Island had destroyed the rebels’ confidence in their chief. One British victory had followed another, until...

  7. CHAPTER IV “A Fine Fox Chase, Boys!”
    (pp. 100-122)

    That map which Cadwalader sent to Washington from Crosswicks bears clear evidence of the state of nerves that prevailed among the British forces at Princeton during the first four or five days after the Hessian defeat at Trenton. They had an outpost of a hundred men at the bridge at Worth’s Mill and a chain of sentinels reaching to the top of the hill beyond it. A support, with two small cannon, guarded the road at a point about halfway between the bridge and the village. There was a battery of eight six-pounders at the head of what is now...

  8. CHAPTER V “These Feats Have Turned the Scale”
    (pp. 123-137)

    Owing to the haste with which Cornwallis had marched toward the sound of the guns at Princeton, his troops had moved with more speed than cohesion. It was late in the afternoon when the last of them entered the village and he could proceed to follow Washington with the well organized and compact column which the situation required. The repair of the bridge at Kingston delayed him still further. By that time, of course, he had learned of Washington’s swing toward Somerset Court House. But the great stores of supplies and the military chest at New Brunswick, rather than the...

    (pp. 138-140)
  10. INDEX
    (pp. 141-145)