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. This action, the Second Battle of Trenton, bought the American forces valuable time in which to set up another successful surprise attack on the main body of British troops at Princeton the following
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.
Location. 40° 11.899′ N, 74° 45.505′ W. Marker is in Trenton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 29. Touch for map. This marker is part of South River Walk Park which is built over Route 29. Marker is in this post office area: Trenton NJ 08611, United States of America.
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); Slavery – An “Odious and Disgraceful” Practice (here, next to this marker); From Federal City to State Capital (here, next to this marker); 18th Century Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); 17th Century Trenton Timeline (a 19th Century Trenton Timeline (a few steps from this marker); Who, What and Where were Sanhickans? (a few steps from this marker); Native Americans Exchange Furs for European Goods (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."
Categories. • Military • Notable Events • Notable Persons • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,703 times since then and 82 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 17, 2007, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. 4. submitted on December 29, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.