Washington believed that when Clinton arrived back in New York that he would make an effort to attack the fort of West Point. Unkown by Washington, however, was the secret agreement of Benedict Arnold to deliver West Point to the British. Washington was moving some of his troops to reinforce West Point, leading Clinton to approve the invasion of the same area of New Jersey. American soldiers capably repelled the impending British and Hessian under Lieutenant General Wilhelm von Knyphausen and they would do the same once again.
Greene had his American troops in columnns behind a defensive position with a small force of reserves. The initial advance by the Hessian troops under British command was stopped by the stiff resistance of the American defenders but artillery forced the Americans to fall back to the hills outside of Springfield.
Greene rushed two regiments north and stopped the second advance. In response, General von Knyphausen decided not to attack the soldiers and burnt the town down instead and retreated. This would be the last major battle fought in the area during the American Revolution.