Hugh Mercer Monument
Monument as it appears today
Photo taken after monument was erected in 1906
John Trumball painting of the death of General Hugh Mercer. Mercer is being bayoneted by British Soldiers in the center.
Undated John Trumball sketch of Hugh Mercer
Backstory and Context
“SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF HUGH MERCER, BRIGADIER GENERAL IN THE ARMY OF THE UNITED STATES. HE DIED ON THE 12TH JANUARY, 1777 OF THE WOUNDS HE RECEIVED ON THE 2ND OF THE SAME MONTH. NEAR PRINCETOWN, IN NEW JERSEY, BRAVELY DEFENDING THE LIBERTIES OF AMERICA, THE CONGRESS OF THE UNITED STATES IN TESTIMONY OF HIS VIRTUES, AND THEIR GRATITUDE, HAVE CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED.”