This Week in Princeton History for January 3-9

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a battle reenactment goes a bit awry, a professor is called upon to study the problem of mendicant visitors, and more.

January 3, 1877—The Newark and Pennsylvania militia reenact the Battle of Princeton as part of its centennial celebration. They are hampered in part by some of the soldiers getting stranded at Princeton Junction without a train into town, but they walk the three miles in deep snow. The train catches up to them on the way and pushes them all into a 4-foot snow drift, as the New York Tribune will later report.

Reenacting the Battle of Princeton has been an ongoing, snowy pastime for generations. This photo dates from the late 20th century. Princeton Alumni Weekly Photograph Collection (AC126), Box 27.

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