Red Bank BattlefieldWhile the battle raged at Fort Mercer, American and British naval forces engaged in intense fire on the Delaware River. Earlier in the fall of 1777, American forces had sunk chevaux de fries (racks of wooden, spiked spears) in the Delaware River, which proved difficult for British ships to navigate. During the conflict, two British ships caught fire after running aground: the Augusta and the Merlin. The Agusta exploded the next day - a blast so loud it was heard as far north as Germantown in Philadelphia. The park displays multiple cannons and a portion of chevaux de fris recovered from the Delaware River. "[She] suddenly took fire at the stern, and in a moment She was in a blasé, & soon after blew up, with a thundering noise. . . "
|Placed By||New Jersey Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:01pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 483751 N 4413427|
|Decimal Degrees||39.87073333, -75.19000000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 39° 52.244', W 75° 11.4'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||39° 52' 14.64" N, 75° 11' 24" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 109 W Military Dr, National Park NJ 08063, US|
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