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The Mercer Oak

The Mercer Oak. Legend has it that General Hugh Mercer was laid against the original Mercer Oak when he was shot and bayoneted during the Battle of Princeton. It has been immortalized in the famous painting, The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777 by John Trumbull.

Today, standing proudly and majestically on the Princeton Battlefield is a descendant of the Mercer Oak, which collapsed of old age in 2000.

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The Mercer Oak site at Princeton Battlefield State Park
The Mercer Oak site at Princeton Battlefield State Park
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The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777 by John Trumbull. Yale University Art Gallery.