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Manalapan in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The British Grenadiers

The Battle of Monmouth

 

—28 June 1778. 12:45 PM – 1:00 PM —

 
The British Grenadiers Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
1. The British Grenadiers Marker
Inscription. Grenadiers were the heavy infantry of 18th-century armies. Normally, British regiments were composed of 10 companies – 8 line companies, 1 light infantry company, and 1 grenadier company. Agile, intelligent men were chosen for the light infantry while the regiment’s biggest men were placed in the grenadier company. Tall bearskin caps made the grenadiers appear even larger.

During most of the Revolution, the British grouped their light infantry companies and grenadier companies into light infantry and grenadier battalions. At Monmouth, the heaviest fighting fell to the two battalions of British grenadiers.

Sidebar:A Grenadier Describes the Attack on the Hedgerow
Such a march may I never again experience. …the sun beating on our heads with a force scarcely to be conceived in Europe, and not a drop of water …

We rose on a small hill … notwithstanding a heavy fire of Grape, when judge of my inexpressible surprise, General Clinton appeared at the head of our left wing accompanied by Lord Cornwallis, and crying out ‘Charge, Grenadiers, never heed forming’; we rushed on amidst the heaviest fire I have yet felt.

I had the fortune to find myself … in the midst of a large body of Rebels who had been driven out of the wood by the 1st Battalion of Grenadiers, accompanied by not more than
Marker on the Monmouth Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
2. Marker on the Monmouth Battlefield
a dozen men who had been able to keep up with us; luckily the Rebels were too intent on their own safety to regard our destruction. Lt. Bunbury of the 49th killed one of them with his sword, as we all might have done, but seeing a battalion running away with their colours, I pushed for them with my few fellows I had, but to my unutterable disappointment they out ran us in a second. … Our battalion lost 98, 11 officers killed and wounded.


Lt. William Hale, 45th Regiment, 2nd Grenadiers, in a letter to his parents, July 4, 1778.
 
Erected by NJ Department of Environmental Protection – Division of Parks & Forestry.
 
Location. 40° 16.157′ N, 74° 18.664′ W. Marker is in Manalapan, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Freehold Road (County Route 522), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located on the Monmouth Battlefield hiking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Englishtown NJ 07726, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The British Rush the Hedgerow (here, next to this marker); Hold the Hedgerow! (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Retreat? (approx. 0.3 miles away); Washington Checked Lee’s Retreat
Battle of Monmouth Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
3. Battle of Monmouth Marker
This photo looks west, towards the location of the hedgerow which the British attacked.
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Molly Pitcher (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle at the Parsonage (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Molly Pitcher (approx. 0.6 miles away); Monmouth Battlefield State Park (approx. 0.6 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Manalapan.
 
More about this marker. The marker contains photographs of Grenadiers – Royal Highland regiment and Royal Welch Fusiliers, both from a 2003 reenactment at Monmouth. The sidebar also contains a portrait of Lt. William Hale, portrait restored by Peter Copeland.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Monmouth. New Jersey during the Revolution. (Submitted on December 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Battle of Monmouth, 1778. A British perspective of the Battle of Monmouth on BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on December 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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British Grenadiers at the Battle of Monmouth image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 15, 2013
4. British Grenadiers at the Battle of Monmouth
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,100 times since then and 83 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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