On This Date June 23,1778 and 1780- the British in Bordentown, Crosswicks, and Springfield, NJ
June 23, 1778 – the Continental Army passes through Mount Airy on the way to Hopewell. At the
same time, British forces pass through Bordentown, destroying a valuable mill. They march
through Crosswicks, where the Friends Meeting House is struck by a cannonball (still visible).
June 23, 1780 – the Battle of Springfield is fought in and around Springfield, New Jersey
(including Short Hills, formerly of Springfield). Although the British were initially able to advance,
they were ultimately forced to withdraw in the face of newly arriving rebel forces, resulting in a
Continental victory. The battle effectively ended British ambitions in New Jersey.