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

The March to Trenton

December 26, 1776

 

—Washington Crossing State Park —

 
The March to Trenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2008
1. The March to Trenton Marker
Inscription. “The troops marched with the most profound silence and good order. They arrived by two routes at the same time, about half an hour after daylight, within one mile of the town. The storm continued with great violence …”
Colonel Henry Knox, Continental Artillery

December 26, 1776, 4 a.m. – After completing the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River, George Washington’s Continental Army, in desperate need of a victory, began an arduous nine-mile march to Trenton. Their objective – a surprise attack on the Hessian garrison.

They marched inland for about a mile, then south to Birmingham (now West Trenton). Here the army split into two divisions, one led by General Greene, accompanied by Washington, and the other by General Sullivan. Marching in separate columns for another four and a half miles through a fierce and relentless winter storm, they arrived at opposite ends of Trenton at 8 in the morning.

In the ensuing Battle of Trenton, Washington’s Continental Army surprised, surrounded and captured nearly 900 Hessians and secured a morale-boosting victory of immeasurable proportions.
 
Erected by New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Location.
The March to Trenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
2. The March to Trenton Marker
40° 18.151′ N, 74° 51.714′ W. Marker is in Titusville (Hopewell Township), New Jersey, in Mercer County. Touch for map. This marker is along a walking path near the Washington Crossing Visitors Center in Washington Crossing State Park. 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. Continental Lane (approx. 0.4 miles away); Johnson Ferry House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Crossing (approx. 0.4 miles away); Prelude to Victory (approx. 0.4 miles away); Spring House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Crossing of the Delaware (approx. half a mile away); 200th Birthday of George Washington (approx. half a mile away); Bicentennial of General George Washington's Birthday (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Titusville (Hopewell Township).
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
The March to Trenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
3. The March to Trenton Marker
The Visitors Center is in the background.
Marker at Washington Crossing State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2008
4. Marker at Washington Crossing State Park
Painting by William B. T. Trego, Courtesy of The American Revolution Center at Valley Forge image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
5. Painting by William B. T. Trego, Courtesy of The American Revolution Center at Valley Forge
“ … we began an apparently circuitous march, not advancing faster than a child ten years old could walk, and stopping frequently …. I sat down on the stump of a tree and was so benumbed with cold that I wanted to go to sleep. Had I been passed unnoticed I should have frozen to death …. But as good luck always attended me, Sergeant Madden came and, rousing me up, made me walk about. We then began to march again, just in the old slow way.” John Greenwood, Fifer, 15th Massachusetts Regiment
The route of Washington’s Army image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
6. The route of Washington’s Army
across the Delaware into Trenton, December 25th-26th, 1776. After crossing the Delaware River, the Continental Army would have passed close to where you are now standing.
Colonial Soldier at the March to Trenton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 10, 2014
7. Colonial Soldier at the March to Trenton Marker
A reenactor poses with the marker at the 10th Annual New Jersey State History Fair.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,134 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 22, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   4. submitted on November 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on August 18, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   7. submitted on May 11, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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