The Soldiers

The Soldiers (HM1OPD)

Location: National Park, NJ 08063 Gloucester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 52.283', W 75° 11.35'

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Red Bank Battlefield

"This day was especially sad for me. I lost five of my oldest friends . . . . As long as I have served, I have not yet left a battlefield in such deep sorrow."
Captain Johann Edward Ewald, Hessian soldier
The Battle of Red Bank pitted the American forces of the First and Second Rhode Island Regiments against German soldiers known as "Hessians." England's King George hired German soldiers to fight for the British when he could not fill the ranks with enough British soldiers. About 30,000 Hessians fought in the Revolution. The Hessians were not volunteers. They were conscripted. The Continental Congress actually offered 50 acres to any Hessian who deserted. If caught though, they could face execution.The American forces included the First Rhode Island Regiment led by Colonel Christopher Greene and Second Rhode Island Regiment led by Lieutenant Colonel Israel Angell. Following the Battle of Red Bank both Greene and Angell campaigned to allow African American troops in their regiments. The Rhode Island Regiment became the first unit to allow African American soldiers. Colonel Greene died in 1781 at the hands of Loyalists. He died fighting alongside African American troops. His body was mutilated possibly because of his advocacy for African American soldiers.
Year Placed2015
Placed ByNew Jersey Historical Commission
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Date Added Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 483822 N 4413499
Decimal Degrees39.87138333, -75.18916667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 52.283', W 75° 11.35'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 52' 16.98" N, 75° 11' 21" 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 119 W Military Dr, National Park NJ 08063, US
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