24 Cannons

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Andirons of Hessian troops from the Battle of Trent-Town, December 26, 1776, will be on display during the talk.


Saturday, December 18, 2021
12:30 and 2 p.m.

 A History Talk by David Bosted, Museum Trustee and Urban Planner

“By placing each infantry unit and each piece of cannon on a large tabletop map, we can follow the movements of individual fighting units. This will make clear the actual sequence of events in Trent-town on the snowy morning of December 26, 1776, and refute some fallacies.” –David Bosted

Alexander Hamilton played a key role in the opening moments of the battle of Trenton. “The New York artillerymen, commanded by young Alexander Hamilton, sent volley after volley down King Street.”

Future U.S. President James Monroe also played a critical role early in the Battle. A scratch force under his command ran down King Street (now Warren St) to capture the Rall cannon, which were partially disabled by Alexander Hamilton’s artillery fire. The Rall unit’s two brass Cannon were captured and taken from the Hessians near where the D & R Canal now crosses under Warren Street. Lt. James Monroe, then 18 years old, was seriously wounded in the capture of the cannon.

An exhibit of historical items, including 19th century Hessian andirons, will help to bring the Battle to life for visitors. Also on view during David Bosted’s talk will be the 1902 bronze plaque that marked the spot where the Hessian General, Col. Rall, was mortally wounded on Queen Street (now Broad Street). The plaque was formerly located near Academy Street, on a now-demolished building at the Mercer County Community College’s James Kerney Campus, on North Broad Street.

Masks required.