The Battle of Red Bank

The Battle of Red Bank (HM1OOP)

Location: National Park, NJ 08063 Gloucester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 52.27', W 75° 11.371'

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Red Bank Battlefield

"Fire low men, they have a broad belt just above their hips - aim at that."
Colonel Christopher Greene, October 22, 1777
On October 22, Colonel Carl von Donop advanced 1,200 Hessians on Fort Mercer. Dramatically outnumbered, American forces held the fort with 100 soldiers. They did, however, possess a distinct advantage. The previous day, a young American soldier named Jonas Cattell had overheard Hessian soldiers in Haddonfield discussing their plans to assault the fort. Cattell, a local hunter known for his knowledge of the South Jersey backwoods, ran ten miles to alert Greene's men.The Americans were extremely well prepared, despite their lack of men and inflicted heavy losses on the Hessians. It's estimated that 400 Hessians, including von Donop, died during the battle. Most of the dead were buried on the Whitall property, including von Donop.
Year Placed2015
Placed ByNew Jersey Historical Commission
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Date Added Monday, October 19th, 2015 at 5:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 483792 N 4413475
Decimal Degrees39.87116667, -75.18951667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 52.27', W 75° 11.371'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 52' 16.2" N, 75° 11' 22.26" W
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Area Code(s)856
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 117 W Military Dr, National Park NJ 08063, US
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