Princeton Battle Monument, Princeton

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The Princeton Battle Monument is located in Princeton, New Jersey, 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 stands tall and was inspired by carvings on the Arc de Triomphe in Paris. Designed to visually anchor the western end of Nassau Street, the monument and its park are a legacy of the City Beautiful movement.HistoryDesignAn act of Congress in June 8, 1906 appropriated $30,000 to be given to the Princeton Battle Monument Association for the erection of a monument commemorating the Battle of Princeton. The association, which dated back to 1887 and included such local notables as Allan Marquand and Moses Taylor Pyne, was required to match the $30,000 with an equal sum raised independently. On February 24, 1908, having raised the requisite funds, the association commissioned prominent Beaux Arts sculptor Frederick MacMonnies to build the monument. The architectural design was done by Thomas Hastings of acclaimed firm Carrère and Hastings.
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  • October 2, 2017
    This is a monument to celebrate the victory of General Washington over the British in 1776. It’s dry imposing and of historical interest. Worth a brief visit when you are in Princeton.  more »
  • September 25, 2017
    The location is adjoining the campus at the town hall of Princeton. The monument is very impressive and is maintained very well. One of those few places around the campus where free parking is freely ...  more »
  • September 12, 2017
    Wife and I traveled to Princeton and selected the Battle field as one of our interests. The battlefield is outside the center of town and a short drive form the main drag. There is a parking lot next ...  more »
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  • June 8, 2017
    Princeton is full of great historical locations, this monument details the historical battle of Princeton during the revolutionary war.
  • May 31, 2017
    Interesting looking monument, not really worth going out of your way for.
  • February 1, 2017
    It is open to the public. It is a good place to get fresh air and learn some US history.
  • March 27, 2017
    Bring your kid here. Let them ring the bell!
  • June 16, 2017
    I love it!

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