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Titusville (Hopewell Township) in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Prelude to Victory

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
1. Prelude to Victory Marker
Inscription. You might well imagine that General George Washington stood where you are now stand as he patiently watched his force of 2400 troops march up from the boats on the river over the road in the immediate foreground. Through his officers he would direct the assembly and assignments of the units of Gen. Greene’s and Gen. Sullivan’s divisions on Colonial Lane, on your left, and the assembly field beyond the road to ferry landing.

During the landing Washington would frequently return to the comfort of the tavern to review with his guides and officers the strategy of the approach to Trenton. To insure secrecy, Washington directed Gen. Stephens to encircle the landing area with pickets “so that no man may leave or enter.” He ordered “a profound silence to be enjoined, and no man to quit his ranks on the pain of deatj.” No fires were permitted.

The Continental soldiers, cold and miserable as they waited out there in the dark, did not know that, in a few hours, they would mold history in an incredible victory.
 
Location. 40° 17.945′ N, 74° 52.079′ W. Marker is in Titusville (Hopewell Township), New Jersey, in Mercer County. Click for map. This marker is in Washington Crossing State Park on the grounds of the Johnson
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By Gary Nigh, August 2008
2. Prelude to Victory Marker
Ferry House and can only be reached on foot. The Delaware River is nearby and can be seen on the opposite side of Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville NJ 08560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Spring House (within shouting distance of this marker); Johnson Ferry House (within shouting distance of this marker); Continental Lane (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Retreat and Counterattack – 1776 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ferry Site (about 800 feet away); Washington Crossing (about 800 feet away); An Historic Site (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Titusville (Hopewell Township).
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Prelude to Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
3. Prelude to Victory Marker
Route 29 can be seen behind the marker. The Delaware River is behind the trees.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 677 times since then. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on , by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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