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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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  • Interesting monument - beautiful open space so it shows well. We spent some time visiting the monument and walking about the images portrayed on it.  more »
  • This is a very historically important monument, but is also something you can bring young children to. It features a large green perfect for playing with a ball, as many as the locals do. This is a pl...  more »
  • This is a nice monument within the town's edge. It is situated within a tiny park, with some benches and trees. It was particulary nice at night when illuminated!  more »
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  • Beautiful and imposing monument to celebrate Princeton's rich history with the revolutionary war.
  • Good landmark.
  • It's beautiful in the Spring!
  • take pic here