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Trenton Battle Monument, Trenton

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The Trenton Battle Monument is a massive column-type structure in the Battle Monument section of Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey, United States. It commemorates the December 26, 1776 Battle of Trenton, a pivotal victory for the Continental forces during the American Revolutionary War.DescriptionDesigned by John H. Duncan, the architect of Grant's Tomb, the monument is an early example of Beaux-Arts architecture in America. The design is based on "The Monument", a 1671 structure built to commemorate the Great Fire of London, on the London street where the 1666 fire started. The height of the Trenton monument is intentionally the same height as the London monument.The hollow Roman-Doric fluted column of the monument is constructed of granite, as is the pedestal which supports it, although slightly darker stone was used to give the base the appearance of more solidity. The column is capped by a small, round pavilion, forming an observation deck; accessible by means of an electric elevator, that has provided thousands of tourists an excellent view of the city and the surrounding scene of the battle. Encircling the column, just above the cap, thirteen electric lights, symbolizing the original Thirteen Colonies, shed their radiance at night.
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  • My 1st home was in Trenton and my wife graduated Trenton HS, so comfortable with the area at least 20 years ago. We moved allowing for our children to attend more of a suburban school district as I di...  more »
  • The monument is now in a depressed and somewhat dangerous area of Trenton. There is nothing there that would enrich a visitor's interest in American history. Doing a "drive-by" is best. Stay in your c...  more »
  • My co-workers and I on a historic tour of the Revolutionary War Battle of Trenton. So different now once you see the history explained to you. The monument reveals and outlines the Battles of the Amer...  more »