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

Molly Pitcher

Americas First Heroine

 
 
Molly Pitcher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
1. Molly Pitcher Marker
Inscription. During the Revolutionary War, on June 28, 1778. A blistering hot day at the Battle of Monmouth. A woman who was with her husband, John Casper Hays, who served in the Pennsylvania Regiment carried water to the thirsty American soldiers who shouted “MOLLY, Molly Pitcher” when they needed water. Through heavy bombardment Molly carried the water to the parched soldiers during the artillery duel. Her husband was wounded and she immediately helped load and fire the cannon continuing the barrage against the British. Legend has it that General George Washington commended Molly Pitcher after the battle and commissioned her a sergeant on the battlefield. This seems to be substantiated by the fact that she was given an army pension and buried in her home town with full military honors in 1832. The home where she drew water is to your Northeast.
Robert N. Ferrell
 
Location. 40° 16.38′ N, 74° 18.875′ W. Marker is in Manalapan, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Freehold Englishtown Road (County Route 522), on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located on the Monmouth Battlefield. 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. Hold the Hedgerow! (approx.
Marker on Freehold Englishtown Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
2. Marker on Freehold Englishtown Road
Molly Pitcher's name was actually Mary Hays. She survived her husband, remarried and lived until 1832.
0.3 miles away); The British Grenadiers (approx. 0.3 miles away); The British Rush the Hedgerow (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle at the Parsonage (approx. half a mile away); Highlanders Decline Combat (approx. half a mile away); Perrine Hill Front Line (approx. half a mile away); The Great Cannonade (approx. half a mile away); An Inspiring Commander in Chief (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Manalapan.
 
Regarding Molly Pitcher. Mary Ludwig Hays, Wife of William Hays, Gunner in Francis Proctor's 4th Artillery. It is important to note that on June 28, 1778, Molly's name was Mary Ludwig Hays.
As I am the only member of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR)with proven documentation that my great great great grandmother, Mary Ludwig Hays, never used the name McCauley until a decade after the Battle of Monmouth - Robert C. Goodyear
 
Also see . . .
1. Molly Pitcher: An American Heroine. (Submitted on December 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Molly Pitcher Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 13, 2008
3. Molly Pitcher Marker
Marker is on the Freehold Englishtown Road, which bisects the Monmouth Battlefield.

2. The Battle of Monmouth. New Jersey during the Revolution. (Submitted on December 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsNotable PersonsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Molly Pitcher's Spring Marker image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
4. Molly Pitcher's Spring Marker
This stone marks a spot once considered a "possible" location where "Molly Pitcher" obtained water to quench the thirst of American cannoneers during the Battle of Monmouth. It is located near the intersection of Wemrock Road and Freehold-Englishtown Road (Coordinates: 40 16.167′ N, 74 18.267′ W).
Molly Pitcher Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 7, 2008
5. Molly Pitcher Plaque
The Battle of Monmouth Battle Monument in nearby Freehold, NJ contains a relief panel of Molly Pitcher assisting the cannon crew during the battle.
Molly Pitcher image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 29, 2013
6. Molly Pitcher
Molly Pitcher at the Monmouth Battlefield for the 235th anniversary of the battle.
Molly Pitcher image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 16, 2015
7. Molly Pitcher
This statue of Molly Pitcher is located at her grave in Carlisle, Pa.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,695 times since then and 8 times this year. Last updated on , by Robert C. Goodyear of Warminster, Pennsylvania. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   7. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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