June 25-26 -- Monmouth County
Battle of Monmouth Commemorative Events,
the 244th anniversary of the
Battle of Monmouth Courthouse will be held at Monmouth Battlefield State
Park on Saturday and Sunday, June 25 and 26. The programs, presented
by Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, the Park support group, follow the
State Park re-enactment of the battle on June 18 and 19, the previous
Battle of Monmouth Courthouse, the longest and largest British-American
battle of the eight-year (1775-83) Revolutionary War for American
Independence, was fought on June 28, 1778, in Freehold borough and Freehold
and Manalapan townships. The State Park is located west of Freehold
borough, off business Route 33.
begin each day at 12:15 p.m. with a children’s drill on how Revolutionary
War soldiers used field cannons in battle. Living-history historian
Stacy Roth will follow at 1 p.m. on talks inside the Park Visitor Center on
Molly Pitcher, the wife of a cannoneer who carried water to wash down
cannons after their use during the battle. Guided walks will
lead unto the battlefield from the Visitor Center at 2 p.m.: on
Saturday to the hedgerow and parsonage sections, and on Sunday to the Molly
Pitcher spring overlook.
drill on how Revolutionary War soldiers used battlefield muskets will be
held throughout both days.
will close each day with a second children’s cannon drill at 2:15 p.m.
and fife and drum music at 2:45.
farmhouse, on the east end of the State Park near Route 9 will be open 1 to
4 p.m. on both days. The building was held by the British during the