Battle of Princeton, The, January 3d, 1777, (painting)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 10
Alarmed by the success of the attack upon Trenton, the enemy immediately withdrew all their posts from the banks of the Delaware, and concentrated their forces in Princeton and Brunswick. . . . The British . . . were in high spirits, with the expectation of certain and decisive victory; while the Americans, having marched all night, were benumbed with cold, exhausted with fatigue and hunger, and felt little anticipation but of defeat. A deadly conflict was unavoidable, and was maintained by the Americans with the courage of desperation until the horse of General Mercer was killed under him, and before he could disengage himself to get upon his feet, he was attacked by two grenadiers and mortally wounded. . . . For the moment the British were triumphant. Washington saw the imminence and extent of the danger, and the utter irretrievable ruin to the cause of his country, . . . and having formed the troops which followed, into a close column, he placed himself at their head and advanced to meet the enemy. A sanguinary and obstinate struggle followed, in which the 17th British regiment was nearly annihilated; the 55th was not much less severely cut up, and with difficulty effected a retreat on Brunswick, to which place the 40th also escaped by a circuitous road, and with less loss. . . . [Pp. 12-15.]
Catalogue of Paintings, now exhibiting in Wadsworth Gallery, Hartford. Hartford: Press of Case, Lockwood & Company. 1863.