Titusville (Hopewell Township) in Mercer County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The March to Trenton
December 26, 1776
—Washington Crossing State Park —
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. 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 Events • Notable Persons • War, US Revolutionary •
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