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

Hold the Hedgerow!

 
 
Hold the Hedgerow! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, circa April 2007
1. Hold the Hedgerow! Marker
Inscription. Major General Charles Lee had only 800 men to try to stall more than 2,000 advancing British troops. The Continentals beat back one cavalry charge before the British grenadiers were upon them. After 3 to 5 minutes of firing at each other at point blank range, the British dragoons broke through the fence south of the Continental line.

Outflanked, the Continentals abandoned the hedgerow and fled across the bridge, but not before decimating the ranks of British grenadiers. The ground east of the hedgerow was strewn with dead and wounded.

The delay was brief, but long enough. By the time Lee's last groups had crossed the bridge, thousand of Continentals were formed on Perrine’s Hill, ready and waiting.
 
Erected by Department of Environmental Protection.
 
Location. 40° 16.124′ N, 74° 18.822′ W. Marker is in Englishtown, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Click for map. Marker is located on the 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 (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); The British Grenadiers
The Battle of Monmouth 12:45 PM-1:00 PM image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, April 2007
2. The Battle of Monmouth 12:45 PM-1:00 PM
(about 800 feet away); Molly Pitcher (approx. 0.3 miles away); Battle at the Parsonage (approx. 0.4 miles away); Retreat? (approx. 0.4 miles away); Washington Checked Lee’s Retreat (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Molly Pitcher (approx. half a mile away); Monmouth Battlefield State Park (approx. half a mile away).
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Hold the Hedgerow! Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, circa 2006
3. Hold the Hedgerow! Marker
The Hedgerow image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, circa April 2007
4. The Hedgerow
The Continentals fought a delaying action along this fence line. They were only able to hold this position for a few minutes before the British pushed them back.
Another View of the Hedgerow image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, circa 2002
5. Another View of the Hedgerow
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 1,310 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on , by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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