Barnegat in Ocean County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Last Stand of the Revolution
Cedar Bridge Tavern
On December 27, 1782, Captain Richard Shreve of Burlington County Light Horse and Captain Edward Thomas of the Mansfield militia stopped with their men to refresh themselves at a nearby tavern. They had been searching for the notorious Captain John Bacon. He and his band of Loyalists were responsible for many atrocities including the massacre of Patriot Captain Andrew Steelman and his militiamen at Barnegat Light. Seeking to thwart his pursuers, Bacon and his men surprised the Burlington militia, blocking their escape. As the militia gained the advantage, they were fired upon unexpectedly by a party of locals coming to Bacon’s aid and providing a diversion, allowing for his escape. Among the Patriots, one was killed and four wounded. Four Loyalists were also wounded, including Captain Bacon.
Erected 2018 by Ocean County.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is December 27, 1782.
Location. 39° 46.991′ N, 74° 21.647′ W. Marker is in Barnegat, New Jersey, in Ocean County. Marker can be reached Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barnegat NJ 08005, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historical Horticulture (within shouting distance of this marker); One in a Mill-ion (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire: Nature’s Double Agent (within shouting distance of this marker); Land Between the Lines (within shouting distance of this marker); A Haven in the Heat (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to West Jersey (approx. 0.7 miles away); Welcome to East Jersey (approx. 0.7 miles away); Affair at Cedar Bridge (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Barnegat.
More about this marker. Two paintings (Affair at Long Beach “Barnegat Light Massacre” and Affair at Cedar Bridge “Last Documented Land Engagement”, December 27, 1782) by Louis S. Glanzman (1922 – 2013) appear on the right side of the marker.
The bottom of the marker contains two photographs taken at the annual reenactment held at Cedar Bridge Tavern. These have captions of “Every year, Ocean County Culture and Heritage hosts a reenactment on the anniversary of the Affair at Cedar Bridge. Participants gather to watch the events of that fateful day and take a step back in time.” and “Reenactors prepare for the skirmish donning period appropriate clothing.”
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 8, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 134 times since then and 38 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on December 19, 2019, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.