Wednesday, May 5, 2010

TOMBSTONE OF GENERAL HUGH MERCER - Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, PA

Keeping with a military theme, here is the grave and tombstone of General Hugh Mercer, a real Revolutionary Hero. General Mercer was born in Scotland and was a soldier and physician and served with the British in the Seven Years War but later dedicated his allegiance to the new Continental Army and became a Brigadier General and close friend to George Washington. He was wounded en route to Princeton on January 3, 1777 when he and his unit were met by the British where a fight broke out. General Mercer's horse was shot out from under him and when he got to his feet, he was surrounded by British soldiers who ordered him to surrender, believing him to be Washington. He refused, drew his sabre and prepared for a fight. He was beaten to the ground and bayoneted several times and left for dead. Legend has it that Mercer, while still impaled from a bayonet, ordered that he not be removed from the battlefield so that he could help supervise his troops with Washington, who had come to the scene to take command of Mercer's troops and beat back the British. Mercer, unfortunately, was mortally wounded and died on January 12, 1777. His death was a big time rallying cry for members of the Continental Army for the remainder of the war. Legendary American General George S. Patton, Jr. and well-known singer-songwriter Johnny Mercer of Savannah are descendants of General Hugh Mercer. Tomorrow we'll visit Johnny's grave.

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