This Day in History: 1777-01-03

Battle of Princeton. Outnumbered more than 4 to 1, a British Brigade including the 40th Regiment (later 1st South Lancashires) disrupts and delays the advance of General George Washington’s army. Out of an effective strength of around 300, the 40th loses 2 officers, 3 sergeants, a drummer and 88 men killed wounded and missing. Some of the 40th are cut off in Nassau Hall, the grand main building of what is now the University of Princeton. After a cannon ball smashes into the hall and allegedly decapitates a portrait of King George II on the wall, the heavily-outnumbered defenders are forced to surrender.