Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion mu­seum gets Wash­ing­ton friend’s sword

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PHILADEL­PHIA — A sword be­long­ing to a close friend of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton who was a bat­tle­field hero has been given to Philadel­phia’s new Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.

The St. Andrew’s So­ci­ety of Philadel­phia pre­sented Gen. Hugh Mercer’s sword on Thurs­day to the mu­seum, which opens April 19 — the an­niver­sary of the war’s open­ing bat­tles in 1775.

The so­ci­ety, named in honor of Scot­land’s pa­tron saint, was founded in 1747. Mercer was a mem­ber.

Mercer was mor­tally wounded at the Bat­tle of Prince­ton on Jan. 4, 1777. He died in the Thomas Clarke House at Prince­ton, New Jer­sey, nine days af­ter the bat­tle ended in vic­tory for the Con­ti­nen­tal Army.

His body was laid out at Philadel­phia’s City Tavern the day be­fore his in­tern­ment so mourn­ers could pay their fi­nal re­spects.

MAT T ROURKE/Associated Press

Stephen W. Arm­strong, pres­i­dent of the St. Andrew ’s So­ci­ety of Philadel­phia, presents the Mu­seum of the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, rep­re­sented by R. Scott Stephen­son ,with a sword that be­longed to Gen. Hugh Mercer on the 240th uni­ver­sity of his death Thurs­day, in Philadel­phia.

Gen. Hugh Mercer, a friend of Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton, fought and died of wounds sus­tained dur­ing the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion.

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