Trenton in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Battles of Trenton, Turning Point of the Revolution
The First Battle of Trenton was preceded by Washington’s nighttime crossing of the Delaware at McKonkey’s Ferry, present-day Washington Crossing, and a nine-mile march to the edge of town. In the early morning of December 26 the American troops caught the British-paid Hessian garrison at the Trenton Barracks unawares and soon forced their surrender. Washington withdrew most of his troops across the Delaware into Pennsylvania again to plan his next move.
A week later, as an advance British contingent entered Trenton, Washington successfully defended the South Broad Street crossing of the Assunpink Creek.
Links to learn more - Old Barracks, Trenton; Princeton Battlefield, Princeton; Washington Crossing State Park (New Jersey and Pennsylvania); David Library, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
Erected 2004 by New Jersey Department of Transportation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1776.
Location. 40° 11.899′ N, 74° 45.505′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from New Jersey Route 29. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trenton’s Early Houses of Worship (here, next to this marker); From Federal City to State Capital (here, next to this marker); Slavery – An “Odious and Disgraceful” Practice18th Century Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); 17th Century Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); 19th Century Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); Native Americans Exchange Furs for European Goods (a few steps from this marker); What happened to the Lenape? (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
More about this marker. This is one of 4 subject markers under the 18th Century Arch.
On the marker are two drawings of events during the Battles of Trenton.
The leftmost drawing is described as, "General George Washington orders the removal of dying Hessian Colonel Johann Rall from the battlefield following the American victory at the Battle of Trenton in December 26, 1776."
The drawing on the right is described as, "The mortal wounding of General Hugh Mercer (for whom Mercer County is named) at the Battle of Princeton on January 3, 1777."
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on December 17, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 4,216 times since then and 52 times this year. Last updated on February 2, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos: 1. submitted on December 17, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. 2. submitted on July 18, 2018, by Thomas Anderson of Haddon Township, New Jersey. 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. 5. submitted on December 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.