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Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777

In 1777 the Americans cut short a British plan to divide and conquer the colonies. The British surrendered a large force to the Continental Army after the battles of Saratoga in New York, but were able to capture the patriot capital at Philadelphia.

In December, an optimistic, but weary Continental Army marched into winter quarters at Valley Forge. On January 3, 1777 George Washington follows up triumph at Trenton with a victory at the Battle of Princeton, New Jersey. Some 40 Americans were killed or wounded in the battle, while the British suffered 85 killed and wounded, and lost another 200 prisoners.

The American victory at the Battle of Princeton was one of the most consequential of the American Revolution. George Washington and his soldiers marched north from Trenton and attacked a British force south of the town.
Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777

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