The British Redcoats seized control of Nassau Hall in 1776, and American soldiers were forced to fire upon their own building in the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777. Three cannonballs were fired, but only two made contact. One glanced off the south side of the building; the damage can still be seen today. Another cannonball flew through a window in the Faculty Room and “decapitated” King George’s portrait. The cannonball was said to have come from a gun in the artillery company commanded by Alexander Hamilton, who had been rejected by Princeton when he first came to the colonies.
just imagining him manically laughing as he wildly fires cannonballs into Aaron Burr’s alma mater. (via patsyjefferson)
Or more precisely Hamilton got to mow down the college that refused to grant him special privileges of accelerated learning (privileges they had granted other students like Aaron Burr, Benjamin Rush, and James Madison) by the order of President Witherspoon, who, given his words against Benjamin Franklin’s son William, seemed to have a chip on his shoulder when it came to social-climbing bastards.(via publius-esquire)