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Amwell Skirmish

December 14, 1776

 
 
Amwell Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 17, 2010
1. Amwell Skirmish Marker
Inscription. Support for the rebellion against British tyranny was at a low ebb in December 1776. The British occupied a strategic area in New Jersey and Washington's army had retreated across the Delaware River.

The British commander in New Jersey sent Cornet Geary and a squad of Dragoons to conduct a raid on Flemington to destroy colonial supplies and to see if a determined patriot resistance existed. This force departed the main body at Pennington on December 14, 1776 and conducted the raid, but upon returning they were intercepted by the Amwell Militia.

Determined to repulse this intrusion, Capt. John Schenck had gathered the citizen soldiers. During the fierce fire fight that ensured, Geary was shot dead. The other Dragoons fled in disorder. Geary was buried nearby. This stone was erected by the Geary Family when the gravesite was confirmed in 1891.

The action contributed to Gen. Washington's ability to conceal Durham Boats at Bulls Island and to maintain the Old York Road supply line.

See the sign and the Amwell Memorial - Route 31 East - 875' N.W.
 
Location. 40° 27.37′ N, 74° 51.379′ W. Marker is in Ringoes, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker can be reached from Geary's Ridge Road. Click for map. This marker
Amwell Skirmish Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 17, 2010
2. Amwell Skirmish Marker
along with Cornet Francis Geary Marker
is located at the end of a footpath that is accessible from Geary's Ridge Road. The entrance to the footpath is shown in photo #3. Marker is in this post office area: Ringoes NJ 08551, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornet Francis Geary (here, next to this marker); Amwell Militia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flemington Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coronet Geary Trail (approx. half a mile away); United First Presbyterian Church of Amwell (approx. one mile away); Amwell Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Servis - Quick Family Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Black River and Western Railroad (approx. 1.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ringoes.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Also see . . .  Additional Information - The ambush of Geary's Dragoons. (Submitted on March 9, 2011, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Notable EventsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
 
Entrance to the footpath leading to the marker. image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 17, 2010
3. Entrance to the footpath leading to the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 768 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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