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Princeton Battlefield State Park

Battle of Princeton - 2024

hhttps://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/princeton.html Notes: This is a full day reenactment event in Princeton, NJ.

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Battle of Princeton - 2024
Battle of Princeton - 2024

Time & Location

Jan 07, 2024, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Princeton Battlefield State Park, 500 Mercer Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

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About the event

 https://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/princeton.html 

Notes: This is a one-day all day reenactment up in Princeton, NJ.  See below for more information.

From the Event Organizers:

UPDATE on Princeton - As promised to me by the event organizers - they are adding General Mercer this year, and then Mercer and Haslet next year and then Mercer, Haslet, and Washington for the next and for the 250th!

Experience the Battle of Princeton 2024/Orders #2—Order of Battle and Important Reminders for Continental Forces

Below please find the Order of Battle for the Princeton event next week. Following are important reminders for all participants. Please share this information broadly with all those in your units who will be attending.

ALTHOUGH NOT NOTED BELOW, SPECIAL THANKS GOES TO DAVE SKORKA OF THE 2ND NEW JERSEY REGIMENT, WHO WILL BE PORTRAYING GENERAL HUGH MERCER ON THE FIELD AND ACCORDINGLY BE PUT TO THE POINT OF THE BAYONET.

As with last year, it will be necessary to divide our infantry battalion into two wings for portions of the event. As such, appropriate field officers have been designated to command those wings. They will report directly to me.

As of today, we have nearly 175 infantry, 4 cannon and crews, 12 horses, and 12 field musicians slated to attend. Huzzay to you all!

Brigade Commander

Colonel Ken Gavin (Spencer's Additional Regiment)

Infantry Battalion-Princeton 2024

Right Wing--Representing Mercer's and Hitchcock's Brigades

Right Wing Commander

Major Tom Bowen (1st Continental Regiment)

1st Division (1st and 2nd Platoons)

1st Division Officers

Captain Larry Schmidt (Spencer's Additional Regiment)

Lieutenant James McKane (3rd New Jersey Greys)

1st Division Units

Colonel Ogden's 1st New=Jersey Regiment

2nd New Jersey Regiment, Helms' Coy.

3rd New Jersey Greys

Clotz's Battalion of the Flying Camp

Spencer's Additional Regiment

2nd Division (3rd and 4th Platoons)

2nd Division Officers

Captain John Godzieba (5th Pennsylvania Regiment)

Lieutenant Chuck Faust (Pennsylvania State Regiment)

2nd Division Units

1st Continental Regiment

1st Pennsylvania Regiment

5th Pennsylvania Regiment

24th Connecticut Militia Regiment

John Paul Schott's Indepent Coy.

Lt. Trevet's Coy. of Marines

Northampton County Militia

Outwater's Militia

Pennsylvania State Regiment

Left Wing--Representing Cadwalader's Brigade

Left Wing Commander

Major Eric Chetwynd (2nd Massachusetts Regiment)

3rd Division (5th and 6th Platoons)

3rd Division Officers

Captain Doug Bender (6th Pennsylvania Regiment)

Lieutenant TBD

3rd Division Units

The German Regiment

1st Maryland Regiment

***1st Delaware Regiment***

2nd Virginia Regiment

6th Pennsylvania

9th Pennsylvania

11th Pennsylvania Regiment

8th Virginia Regiment

4th Division (7th and 8th Platoons)

4th Division Officers

Captain Mark Booth (2nd Massachusetts Regiment)

Lieutenant Matthew Solander (2nd Massachusetts Regiment)

4th Division Units

1st New York Regiment, McCracken's Coy.

1st Rhode Island Regiment

1st New Hampshire Regiment

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

4th Connecticut Regiment

5th New York Regiment

Glover's Marblehead Regiment

Heard's Brigade of New Jersey Militia

Artillery Battalion--Princeton 2024

Artillery Battalion Commander

Major Michael Funk (West Jersey Artillery)

Artillery Units

Mott's Artillery

7th Virginia Regiment

West Jersey Artillery

Lamb's Artillery

Dragoon Detachment--Princeton 2024

Command Staff

Captain Stuart Lilie (Philadelphia Light Horse)

Dragoon Units

4th Light Dragoons, Moylan's Troop

2nd Regiment Light Dragoons

The Philadelphia Light Horse

Arrival Time and Parking Considerations

The site will open at 6:30 a.m. and all reenactors are being asked to arrive by 7:30 a.m. at the latest in order to make sure they receive parking on site.

While parking is sufficient for our needs, it is also limited. It is vital for reenactors to arrive early. When the general public begins to arrive, the site will fill quickly and anyone arriving after that point will be directed to overflow parking offsite.

Reenactors will receive priority, but please get there when requested. Kindly note that we have a number of artillery pieces and horses coming as well. Please be patient with our friends from those branches of service as they maneuver vehicles. Artillery will be given proximity parking priority and horse trailers will park in their own designated area.

Staff from an event parking contractor as well as Princeton Police will be on hand to direct parking. Kindly follow their instructions. Mercer Road will be completely closed to all vehicular traffic beginning at 9:30 a.m.

N.B. After parking, all Continental troops should proceed immediately to the rear of the Thomas Clarke House on the battlefield. Warming fires will already be lit and waiting for you.

Site Map

A site map is attached marking important locations relative to parking. For perspective, kindly note that the blue box denotes the Thomas Clarke House area and the square orange box denotes the small parking lot near the entrance to the park on Mercer Road.

Schedule

6:30 a.m.-7:30 a.m.—Arrival Window and Proceed to Rear of Thomas Clarke House/Coffee and Hot Chocolate Service Available

8:30 a.m.—Officers’ Meeting

8:45 a.m.-9:15 a.m.—Division and Platoon Level Drill in Rear of Thomas Clarke House

9:35 a.m.—Battalion Marches to Tactical Assembly Area

9:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.—Tactical Scenario

10:45 a.m.-11:00 a.m.—Interaction with Public Near the Safety Line

(Optional on a Volunteer Basis) 11:10 a.m.—Column Marches to the Colonnade for Memorial Service

Appearance of the Troops

All military personnel are to make the best possible effort to present a neat, military appearance. As such, firelocks and all other equipment should be clean and serviceable. Plan to dress for the weather. Your regimental coats for early 1777, civilian clothing, or hunting shirts over period coats are all preferred for this event.

Of particular note is the strong preference (and soon to be requirement) for all to be clean shaven to the extent that there is no more than three days of beard growth by the conclusion of the event in keeping with the dictates of various military manuals of the period.

Beginning in 2025, the need to be clean shaven will be an absolute requirement to attend this event.

N.B. All men under arms in the infantry battalion will fight as line infantry. None of the brigades we are portraying utilized light troops or rifles as scouts or skirmishers. Additional information and orders, inclusive of an order of battle, will be forthcoming.

YMHOS, Col. K. Gavin Spencer's Additional Regiment Commander of Continental Forces, Princeton 2024

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1st Delaware Regiment Specific:

All Members:

Length of Event: All Day 10am – 4pm public hours

Arrival Time For Regiment: 9am

Parking: Please park in designated location   

Restrooms: Portapotties and Indoors in Visitor Center

Food and Beverages Provided: Yes – by Regiment or event organizer for lunch

Encampment Setup Level: Small

Camp Kitchen Setup: Yes

Camp Kitchen Tent Fly: Yes

Supply Tent Setup: Yes

In Ground or Above Ground Fire Permitted: No

Individual Soldier Tents Permitted: No – not at this event unless specifically authorized due to space limitations.

Water Provided: Yes – check with staff at location

Straw Provided: No

Firewood Provided: No

Soldier Specific:

Impression: Delaware Continental uniform preferred.  Early to mid war impression.  Regimental or Hunting Frock.

Kit Level: Full kit

Musket Firing: Yes

Musician Specific:

Contact Musician Sergeant-Major for music to be played at this event.  Military calls also to be demonstrated too if possible.

Civilian Specific:

Impression: Civilian followers of a military camp.

Table Displays Permitted: Yes – please indicate display you wish to show to Officer of the Day or Civilian Camp Coordinator (if applicable).

Supporter Specific:

Please assist in setup and/or breakdown if possible.  Also – please bring camera or video camera to take photographs or video if possible.  We will look to take posed photos that will be used to help educate the public if possible at each event this year.

Registered as Attending:

  1. Chris Mlynarczyk - Military - Soldier
  2. Blaise Glowiak - Military - Soldier

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