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National Park in Gloucester County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Ann Cooper Whitall

Women’s Heritage Trail

 
 
Ann Cooper Whitall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
1. Ann Cooper Whitall Marker
Inscription.
Ann Cooper Whitall lived in this brick home on the banks of the Delaware River with her husband, James, and their children. On October 22, 1777, British ships occupied the waters of the Delaware River, and local residents of the towns along the river were urged to leave their homes to find a safe haven. Ann Cooper Whitall refused to leave her home, even at the urging of her own family. A devout Quaker, Whitall instead placed her trust in God, and remained working at her spinning wheel as the battle raged around her. When a cannonball suddenly burst into the room where she was sitting, Whitall picked up her spinning wheel and moved it to the basement where she continued her work. Later that evening, after a victory for the American troops, Ann Cooper Whitall ministered to the wounded and dying Hessian soldiers earning herself the nickname “the Heroine of Red Bank.”

Two topics occupied Ann’s diaries: her faith and her family. Excerpt from Diary:
Ann Cooper Whitall’s Great Grand Daughter Hannah Whitall Smith suggested that before we “smile at the quaintness, let us see to it at least that we are equally earnest in our longings after righteousness.”

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The James & Ann Whitall House is on the NJ Women’s Heritage Trail because of the significant
Marker on the Red Bank Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
2. Marker on the Red Bank Battlefield
contributions of Revolutionary War Heroine and Diarist Ann Cooper Whitall (1716-1797) to the domestic life of women in the State of New Jersey.

The New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey’s past and present.
 
Erected by Department of Community Affairs, New Jersey Historic Trust; Department of Environmental Protection, Historic Preservation Office.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail marker series.
 
Location. 39° 52.168′ N, 75° 11.424′ W. Marker is in National Park, New Jersey, in Gloucester County. Marker is on Hessian Road, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in the Red Bank Battlefield Historical Park. Marker is in this post office area: National Park NJ 08063, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Welcome to Red Bank Battlefield Park! (here, next to this marker); Whitall House (a few steps from this marker); The Medicinal Garden (a few steps from this marker);
Ann Cooper Whitall Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
3. Ann Cooper Whitall Marker
James and Ann Whitall House (a few steps from this marker); Operations on the Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); The Aftermath (within shouting distance of this marker); National Park Armed Service Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Red Bank Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in National Park.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of “Ann Whitall spinning by W. H. Snowden” and a current picture of the Whitall House.
 
Also see . . .
1. Red Bank Battlefield Park and the James & Ann Whitall House, National Park, NJ. (Submitted on October 28, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Red Bank Battlefield. Account of the action at Fort Mercer during the Revolutionary War. (Submitted on October 28, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker at the Whitall House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
4. Marker at the Whitall House
The house in which Ann Whitall lived during the Battle of Red Bank can be seen behind the marker.
Ann's parlor image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
5. Ann's parlor
The parlor of the nearby Whitall House contains a spinning wheel like the one Ann Whitall used during the Battle of Red Bank.
Whitall House Field Hospital image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
6. Whitall House Field Hospital
After the Battle of Red Bank, the Whitall House was used as a field hospital. Ann Whitall cared for the wounded, mostly Hessian soldiers, in her house for several weeks.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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