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Site of Moulder’s Battery

 
 
Site of Moulder’s Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
1. Site of Moulder’s Battery Marker
“Battle of Princeton” painting courtesy of the Princeton University Libraries
Inscription. At the height of the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton, British forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Mawhood, attacked aggressively, forcing the American brigades to fall back. The Americans rallied around a small artillery battery, lead by Captain Joseph Moulder. Moulder’s Battery consisted of “two guns handled by some twenty boys recruited from Philadelphia’s dock area,” supported by the Delaware Militia company of Captain Thomas Rodney. With great skill and bravery Captain Moulder directed intense and accurate fire from the American guns which prevented the British Forces from advancing across the field.

This defense was a major factor in the American victory being crucial in buying time for Washington to arrive on the field and organize a counterattack.

Artist James Peale, a soldier with the American forces at Princeton, chose in 1784 to illustrate this critical moment of the engagement in his painting of the Battle of Princeton. Peale’s landscape, painted on this hill, focuses on Moulder’s battery and the left wing of the American forces in their attack on the British 17th and 55th Regiments. In the background are the William Clarke House and barns, now gone. The Mercer Oak would be just to the left of the barn at the center of the painting.

Created by Chris Wang BSA
“Battle of Princeton” painting courtesy of the Princeton University Libraries image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
2. “Battle of Princeton” painting courtesy of the Princeton University Libraries
Troop 88, Princeton, NJ - 1998
 
Erected by State of New Jersey, Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Location. 40° 19.785′ N, 74° 40.469′ W. Marker is in Princeton Township, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Touch for map. This marker is in the middle of a large open area in the Princeton Battlefield State Park, close to the Thomas Clarke House. 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. General Hugh Mercer ( within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Clarke House ( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); From Trenton to Princeton ( about 300 feet away); The British Occupation of New Jersey ( about 400 feet away); Welcome to the Institute Lands ( about 700 feet away); Route of Washington’s March ( about 800 feet away); The Mercer Oak ( approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonnade and Gravesite ( approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton Township.
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
“Battle of Princeton” painting courtesy of the Princeton University Libraries image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
3. “Battle of Princeton” painting courtesy of the Princeton University Libraries
American Troops at Moulder’s Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 6, 2013
4. American Troops at Moulder’s Battery
The artillery crew of Capt. Joseph Moulder are seen here.
Marker on Princeton Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 28, 2009
5. Marker on Princeton Battlefield
Site of Moulder’s Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
6. Site of Moulder’s Battery Marker
Battle of Princeton by James Peale image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of Princeton University Library
7. Battle of Princeton by James Peale
This is the background photograph on the marker.
 
 
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 3,750 times since then and 199 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   4. submitted on April 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on February 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   7. submitted on August 12, 2008. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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