The Mercer Oak

The Death of General Mercer at the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777 by John Trumbull. Yale University Art Gallery. For more on this painting, visit the Wiki page here.

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. The original was struck by lightening March 3, 2000. 





The Mercer Oak at Princeton Battlefield State Park.