Prelude to Victory

Prelude to Victory (HM6ON)

Location: Hopewell Township, NJ 08560 Mercer County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 17.945', W 74° 52.079'

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You might well imagine that General George Washington stood where you are now stand as he patiently watched his force of 2400 troops march up from the boats on the river over the road in the immediate foreground. Through his officers he would direct the assembly and assignments of the units of Gen. Greene's and Gen. Sullivan's divisions on Colonial Lane, on your left, and the assembly field beyond the road to ferry landing.

During the landing Washington would frequently return to the comfort of the tavern to review with his guides and officers the strategy of the approach to Trenton. To insure secrecy, Washington directed Gen. Stephens to encircle the landing area with pickets "so that no man may leave or enter." He ordered "a profound silence to be enjoined, and no man to quit his ranks on the pain of deatj." No fires were permitted.

The Continental soldiers, cold and miserable as they waited out there in the dark, did not know that, in a few hours, they would mold history in an incredible victory.
HM NumberHM6ON
Marker Condition
8 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 8:28pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] DAWN ENGLER  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 511219 N 4460961
Decimal Degrees40.29908333, -74.86798333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 17.945', W 74° 52.079'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 17' 56.70" N, 74° 52' 4.74" W
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Area Code(s)908, 609
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1370 River Rd, Hopewell Township NJ 08560, US
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Needed a little cleanup. Hard to find from park road. Get out at Johnson Ferry House, and walk around house to the left and this sign post is behind house, overlooking river.

Oct 9, 2015 at 11:22am PDT by babybago

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