Twelve Obelisks



In an effort to honor the memory of Washington’s march from Trenton to Princeton, historical associations formed and began formulating a way to remember the march and the route around 1907-1909.  The obelisk plate shown is ground zero for Washington’s trek, and Ezekiel’s March, to honor Ezekiel Anderson, son of Captain John Anderson, who helped free David Brearley some years earlier to counter the King’s rule.  The obelisks and commemorative plates were finally set in 1914.

The route taken during the march was substantially different in appearance from the terrain shown today.  Interstate Route 295 slices the route in Hamilton now. Houses have sprung up where colonial paths existed.  The area north of what is now Young’s Road was the swamp that Ezekiel and Washington’s men feared to get the cannon mired in.  They were lucky, as the air temperature was about 24 degrees Fahrenheit about the time they rolled through, and the ice upheld the cannon wheels.  One of the obelisks is strangely in the middle of Greenwood Cemetery in Hamilton, off Hamilton Avenue.  Perhaps it isn’t strange at all, for the marker is the one we are sure was on The Anderson Farm!

Map of obelisk locations