Hugh Mercer, a Scottish doctor, emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1747. He served in the British Army during the Seven Years’ War, where he became friends with George Washington. Mercer joined the Continental Army and was promoted in 1776, by Washington to brigadier general. Hugh Mercer participated in the Battle of Trenton and days later during the Battle of Princeton was assaulted, by British troops who thought he was Washington, receiving seven bayonet wounds. Benjamin Rush, a fellow patriot, and physician treated Mercer but he died nine days later.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Hugh Mercer history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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