A Salute to General Hugh Mercer and the Revolutionary War Veterans of Laurel Hill: Service and Wreath Laying (presented by the St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia)

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 12:00pm

The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery are pleased to announce the first annual Salute to Gen. Hugh Mercer & the Revolutionary War Veterans of Laurel Hill: Service & Wreath Laying (presented by the St. Andrew’s Society of Philadelphia).

General Mercer was a native of Scotland, trained as a physician at the University of Aberdeen and was an assistant surgeon in the army of Bonnie Prince Charlie at the Battle of Culloden in 1746. He became a companion of Washington in the Indian Wars of 1755 – 56. Later he became a brigadier general and commander of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and died, as a result of his wounds received at the Battle of Princeton, on January 12, 1777. Originally buried at Christ Church Burial Ground in Philadelphia, his removal to Laurel Hill in 1840 was accompanied by a great deal of ceremony and public enthusiasm.

This family friendly event will feature a parade of Revolutionary War re-enactors, civilians in period attire, special dignitaries, heritage groups, and pipes and drums. Everyone is encouraged to wear their tartan. Participants will advance to General Mercer’s final resting place and memorialize his services to his nation. A 21-gun salute and whiskey toast will cap off the program at the graveside and will be followed by a reception at the Gatehouse.

This free event will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 12 PM and convene at Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse located at 3822 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located across the street. Participants are encouraged to wear period costumes and Highland Dress. The ceremony will be followed by a walking tour of other Revolutionary War veterans at Laurel Hill at 1:00PM (see event description for “Liberty or Death: The Revolutionary War Patriots of Laurel Hill”).