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American Revolution museum gets Washington friend's sword

  • The hilt of a sword that belonged to General Hugh Mercer is displayed at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Mercer who was a friend of George Washington fought and died of wombs sustained during the American Revolution. The St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia presented the sword to the new museum on the 240th anniversary of Mercer's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    The hilt of a sword that belonged to General Hugh Mercer is displayed at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Mercer who was a friend of George Washington fought and died of wombs sustained during the American Revolution. The St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia presented the sword to the new museum on the 240th anniversary of Mercer's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

  • A sword that belonged to General Hugh Mercer is displayed at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Mercer who was a friend of George Washington fought and died of wombs sustained during the American Revolution. The St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia presented the sword to the new museum on the 240th anniversary of Mercer's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    A sword that belonged to General Hugh Mercer is displayed at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. Mercer who was a friend of George Washington fought and died of wombs sustained during the American Revolution. The St. Andrew's Society of Philadelphia presented the sword to the new museum on the 240th anniversary of Mercer's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The 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 General Hugh Mercer on the 240th university of his death, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Philadelphia. Mercer who was a friend of George Washington fought and died of wombs sustained during the American Revolution. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

    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 General Hugh Mercer on the 240th university of his death, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017, in Philadelphia. Mercer who was a friend of George Washington fought and died of wombs sustained during the American Revolution. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)  (The Associated Press)

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.