Historical Marker: Alexander Hamilton Horse Artillery Battery
This marker indicates the location where, in early December 1776, a young Alexander Hamilton commanded a battery overlooking the Raritan River, protecting the retreating Continental Army led by George Washington from pursuing British forces. Around 4,000 British soldiers were encamped across the river and attempted to cross it at bridge constructed nearby. The guns fired at the encroaching British, allowing the Continental forces to retreat (as well to protect those soldiers who were pulling up the bridges planks).
Backstory and Context
June 12, 2017. https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=10010.Photo: Gary Nigh, via the Historical Marker Database
Randall, Willard Sterne. Hamilton Takes Command. Smithsonian Magazine. Accessed June 12, 2017. http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hamilton-takes-command-74722445/.