On January 3, 1777 General George Washington's army defeated British forces in the Battle of Princeton. Can you answer these trivia questions about the Battle of Princeton and its incredibly lucky winners?
Where Did the Troops Eventually End up at the End of the Battle? The very end of the Battle of Princeton was not when the British actually gave up. Washington and his men had won the main battle when a number of British soldiers who had been guarding another area marched onto the campus of Princeton University. The students had long been evacuated and the campus closed up, but these British soldiers took shelter in Nassau Hall. The Americans didn't let the British do much damage other than breaking windows, however; they soon surrounded the hall and fought the British, making them surrender. Nassau Hall still stands on the Princeton campus today.
How Is the Battle of Princeton a Perfect Example of Why You Shouldn't Procrastinate? The Battle of Princeton's success lay partially in the fact that Washington attacked in winter, rather than waiting for spring -- winters in the area were not good fighting environments, normally, but Washington took advantage of the fact that his attacks wouldn't exactly be expected -- and his troops were due to depart for home after the start of the new year. Had he waited, he might not have won.
What One Act Outside of Battle May Have Saved the American Troops and Contributed to Their Victory at Princeton? A key act that seems very small at first, but that was crucial in the end, was... bribery. Well, almost; call it a pay raise. Washington's troops were due to leave the army at the beginning of 1777 -- they had finished their contracted enlistment period. Washington was so determined to keep them that not only did he ask and plead with them, and try to inspire them, he pledged each man who stayed $10 of his own fortune. Additional officers also offered the men money. Remember, this was 1777 -- $10 then went a lot farther than it does today. In the end, most of the men stayed. If they had left, Washington would have had very few troops left and likely would not have gotten very far.
What One Event Other Than Warfare Directly Contributed to the Success of the American Troops? Offering the additional pay was an act that helped Washington, but an event did as well -- the weather. Overnight from January 2 to January 3, the temperature plummeted, causing rivers and muddy areas to freeze solid. That bad weather enabled Washington and his men to cross the countryside up to Princeton; had the weather remained a little warmer, the entire route would have been muddy and difficult to traverse. So while trying to sleep as the temperatures overnight became extremely cold was not pleasant, the bad weather did make victory possible.