The March to Trenton

The March to Trenton (HM6QA)

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

N 40° 18.151', W 74° 51.714'

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December 26, 1776

— Washington Crossing State Park —

"The troops marched with the most profound silence and good order. They arrived by two routes at the same time, about half an hour after daylight, within one mile of the town. The storm continued with great violence ?"
Colonel Henry Knox, Continental Artillery

December 26, 1776, 4 a.m. - After completing the Christmas night crossing of the Delaware River, George Washington's Continental Army, in desperate need of a victory, began an arduous nine-mile march to Trenton. Their objective - a surprise attack on the Hessian garrison.

They marched inland for about a mile, then south to Birmingham (now West Trenton). Here the army split into two divisions, one led by General Greene, accompanied by Washington, and the other by General Sullivan. Marching in separate columns for another four and a half miles through a fierce and relentless winter storm, they arrived at opposite ends of Trenton at 8 in the morning.

In the ensuing Battle of Trenton, Washington's Continental Army surprised, surrounded and captured nearly 900 Hessians and secured a morale-boosting victory of immeasurable proportions.
HM NumberHM6QA
Placed ByNew Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Division of Parks and Forestry
Marker Condition
9 out of 10 (1 reports)
Date Added Sunday, September 14th, 2014 at 11:17pm PDT -07:00
Photo Credits: [1] DAWN ENGLER  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 511735 N 4461343
Decimal Degrees40.30251667, -74.86190000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 18.151', W 74° 51.714'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 18' 9.06" N, 74° 51' 42.84" W
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Area Code(s)908, 609
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 495 Wash Cross Penn Rd, Hopewell Township NJ 08560, US
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I Saw The Marker

Don't know if park staff is maintaining this marker, but it's in great condition. Near the museum inside Washington Crossing SP

Oct 9, 2015 at 11:18am PDT by babybago

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