The Princeton Battle Monument

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2008-09-01

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The Princeton Battle Monument is located adjacent to Morven and Princeton's borough hall. The monument commemorates the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton, and depicts General George Washington leading his troops to victory and the death of General Hugh Mercer. It was inspired by carvings on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. George Washington on horseback as the dominant figure. Washington is depicted sternly refusing defeat and inspiring his battle-weary troops to victory. Beneath Washington is a young woman personifying Liberty, wearing a Phrygian cap and holding a banner to urge the soldiers onward. She is flanked by troopers and a drummer boy of the Continental Army. Beneath can be seen the death of General Mercer, after whom the local county would be named. The structure was originally intended to be bronze and granite, but by 1918 it was decided that Indiana Limestone would be preferable.

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The Princeton Battle Monument, Battle of Princeton, American History, History, The American Revolution, Princeton, Mercer County, The Delaware Region, U.S. Historic district Contributing property, New Jersey, Jersey, NJ, The Garden State

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