INVITATION: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND-WASHINGTON RETURNS! - SAT. MAY 23 - 11:30AM-5PM - PRINCETON BATTLEFIELD

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YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND CELEBRATION  – WASHINGTON RETURNS! BATTLEFIELD ENCAMPMENT AND MINI-REENACTMENTS; Saturday, May 23, 2015 – 11:30AM – 5PM, Princeton Battlefield, 500 Mercer Street, Princeton, NJ 08540.

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.  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. 

A special highlight will be training for Young Patriots and marching in formation. Presentations by Paul Loane, Commander of the Second Pennsylvania Regiment, explaining uniforms, weapons and tactics, including the logistics for conducting a duel. 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 5pm. Visit the Thomas Clarke House, which was constructed circa 1772 and witnessed the battle!  Learn more about its future restoration. Take a guided tour of the Battlefield.

And finally, this year’s author in attendance will be Larry Kidder, who was an editor for the book just released by Rutgers University Press, “The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front,” who will have books for sale and be happy to sign books as well.

Hot dogs and ice cream will be available for purchase. Presented by the Princeton Battlefield Society and the Second Pennsylvania Regiment. For further information on the Princeton Battlefield Society: www.ThePrincetonBattlefieldSociety.com.

For questions – contact Kip: princetonbattlefieldsocinfo@gmail.com. Rain or shine. Free.

Photocredit goes to Anna Savoia