1977 13¢ Washington at Princeton
Issue Date: January 3, 1977
City: Princeton, NJ
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
U.S. #1704 honors the 200th anniversary of Washington’s victory over Lord Cornwallis, which occurred in Princeton, New Jersey.
General Washington Wins the Battle of Princeton
At the Battle of Princeton, General Washington and his troops outmaneuvered General Cornwallis and scored a brilliant victory. The battle was staged following Washington’s victory at the Battle of Trenton on December 26, 1776. On January 2, 1777, General Cornwallis marched his army toward Trenton. That night, Washington’s army quietly slipped past Cornwallis. The following morning, on January 3, 1777, Washington attacked at Princeton, where redcoats had stopped on their way to meet Cornwallis.
Washington’s victories helped build confidence in the Continental Army and revived patriot hopes. Despite being badly outmanned and under-supplied, Washington had taken the fight to the British and won.
The Bicentennial Series
The U.S. Bicentennial was a series of celebrations during the mid-1970s that commemorated the historic events leading to America’s independence from Great Britain. The official events began on April 1, 1975, when the American Freedom Train departed Delaware to begin a 21-month, 25,338-mile tour of the 48 contiguous states. For more than a year, a wave of patriotism swept the nation as elaborate firework displays lit up skies across the U.S., an international fleet of tall-mast sailing ships gathered in New York City and Boston, and Queen Elizabeth made a state visit. The celebration culminated on July 4, 1976, with the 200th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.
The U.S.P.S. issued 113 commemorative stamps over a six-year period in honor of the U.S. bicentennial, beginning with the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission Emblem stamp (U.S. #1432). As a group, the Bicentennial Series chronicles one of our nation’s most important chapters, and remembers the events and patriots who made the U.S. a world model for liberty.