Princeton Township in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Mercer Oak
A legend says that Mercer was bayoneted and was laid beneath this tree, refusing to leave the battle until victory was secured. He was actually wounded just uphill, behind enemy lines. Later recovered by his aids, Mercer was carried to the Thomas Clarke House, where he died nine days later. Besides the tree, this county and the nearby roadway are among the many things named in his honor.
Mercer (1725-77), born in Scotland, studied medicine at Aberdeen. As an assistant surgeon to the Scottish Jacobite Army he was present at their defeat by the English on Culloden Moor in 1746. Settling in Pennsylvania in 1747, Mercer served the English Provincial Army in the French and Indian War, attaining the rank of colonel. Moving to Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1761 he married, purchased Washington’s boyhood farm, and practiced medicine. As the Revolution began Mercer was named colonel of the 3rd Virginia regiment in 1775 and in 1776 became brigadier general under Washington.
Collapsing of old age on March 3, 2000, the Mercer Oak continues to be a well-recognized symbol of Princeton Township, of
Created by Chris Wang BSA Troop 88, Princeton, NJ - 1998
Erected by State of New Jersey, Division of Parks and Forestry.
Location. 40° 19.906′ N, 74° 40.585′ W. Marker is in Princeton Township, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker is on Mercer Street half a mile north of Parkside Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. This marker is in an open field in the Princeton Battlefield Stae Park. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton NJ 08540, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonnade and Gravesite (within shouting distance of this marker); This is Hallowed Ground (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Historic Portico Preservation and Rebuilding (about 700 feet away); Burial Site of those who fell in the Battle of Princeton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Site of Moulder’s Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); The British Occupation of New Jersey General Hugh Mercer (approx. 0.2 miles away); From Trenton to Princeton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton Township.
Categories. • Environment • Horticulture & Forestry • Notable Events • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,208 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. 4, 5. submitted on January 2, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. 7. submitted on April 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 8. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.