MERCER, FORT, CAPTURE OF
\mˈɜːsə], \mˈɜːsə], \m_ˈɜː_s_ə]\
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November, 1777. Fort Mercer, on the Jersey shore of the Delaware, below Philadelphia, with Fort Mifflin opposite, commanded the stream. To ensure his supplies, Howe attempted to carry the forts October 22. He lost 400 Hessian troops and their commander, Donop; American loss, thirty-seven. After a month's hard work, assisted by 6000 men from New York, he carried the works and wrested control of the Delaware from the Americans.
By John Franklin Jameson