Toms River in Ocean County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Huddy’s Hanging Stalls Peace Talks
A few days later, Loyalist Captain Richard Lippincott received orders from William Franklin and his Board of Associated Loyalists. The three American Patriot prisoners were moved to Sandy Hook. They then boarded the British warship HMS Britannia under the guise of a prisoner exchange. The men were held in irons during the short voyage to nearby Gravelly Point in the Highlands
General Washington demanded retaliation. British General Sir Henry Clinton ordered that those responsible for the death of Captain Joshua Huddy be arrested and tried. When those who hanged Huddy were not turned over to the Patriots, Washington and his field officers ordered a lottery to be held. Lieutenant Charles Asgill, a British officer, who was held as a prisoner of war, was “the unfortunate” one chosen to receive the same fate as Huddy. This order inflamed the British and caused an international crisis for the new nation. The Paris Peace Talks were halted for months.
Eventually, General Washington and the Continental Congress relented and saved the doomed young British officer, Lieutenant Asgill, from execution. This humanitarian decision gave the American representatives the leverage needed to negotiate concessions from the defeated British.
Erected 2019 by Township of Toms River Historic Preservation Commission.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 12, 1782.
Location. 39° 57.054′ N, 74° 11.885′ W. Marker is in Toms River, New Jersey, in Ocean County. Marker is on East Water Street, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located in Huddy Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 20 East Water Street, Seaside Park NJ 08752, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Captain Joshua Huddy (a few steps from this marker); The British Attack Toms River (within shouting distance of this marker); Toms River Block House (within shouting distance of this marker); Toms River Township’s First Park (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Captain Joshua Huddy (within shouting distance of this marker); Toms River Blockhouse Fight (within shouting distance of this marker); Anchor from the Aircraft Carrier USS Randolph CV-15Toms River Block House (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toms River.
More about this marker. A sketch of the Paris Peace Treaty negotiators for the United States, Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, appears at the bottom right of the marker.
The top of the marker contains three pictures depicting the battle at the Toms River Blockhouse.
Credits. This page was last revised on October 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 7, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 194 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 7, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.