Site of Moulder's Battery

Site of Moulder's Battery (HM6JS)

Location: Princeton, NJ 08540 Mercer County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 19.785', W 74° 40.469'

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At the height of the January 3, 1777 Battle of Princeton, British forces under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Charles Mawhood, attacked aggressively, forcing the American brigades to fall back. The Americans rallied around a small artillery battery, lead by Captain Joseph Moulder. Moulder's Battery consisted of "two guns handled by some twenty boys recruited from Philadelphia's dock area," supported by the Delaware Militia company of Captain Thomas Rodney. With great skill and bravery Captain Moulder directed intense and accurate fire from the American guns which prevented the British Forces from advancing across the field.

This defense was a major factor in the American victory being crucial in buying time for Washington to arrive on the field and organize a counterattack.

Artist James Peale, a soldier with the American forces at Princeton, chose in 1784 to illustrate this critical moment of the engagement in his painting of the Battle of Princeton. Peale's landscape, painted on this hill, focuses on Moulder's battery and the left wing of the American forces in their attack on the British 17th and 55th Regiments. In the background are the William Clarke House and barns, now gone. The Mercer Oak would be just to the left of the barn at the center of the painting.

Created by Chris Wang BSA Troop 88, Princeton, NJ - 1998
HM NumberHM6JS
Placed ByState of New Jersey, Division of Parks and Forestry
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 10:55pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 527651 N 4464408
Decimal Degrees40.32975000, -74.67448333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 19.785', W 74° 40.469'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 19' 47.10" N, 74° 40' 28.14" W
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Area Code(s)201, 609, 732, 908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 506 Mercer Rd, Princeton NJ 08540, US
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Located at Princeton Battlefield State Park

Oct 10, 2015 at 8:42am PDT by babybago

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