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Toms River in Ocean County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Toms River Block House

 
 
Toms River Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Toms River Block House Marker
Inscription.  Approximate site of the Toms River Block House. Burned by the British March 24, 1782.
 
Erected 1950 by The Captain Joshua Huddy Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 24, 1862.
 
Location. 39° 57.171′ N, 74° 11.832′ W. Marker is in Toms River, New Jersey, in Ocean County. Marker is at the intersection of Robbins Street and Washington Street on Robbins Street. Located next to a parking lot near the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Toms River NJ 08753, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. S/Sgt. Albert L. D'Adamo, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. (JG) Donald E. Siegwarth, USN (within shouting distance of this marker); PFC. Vincent M. Frassetto / Cpl. Thomas E. Saba (within shouting distance of this marker);
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L/Cpl Peter Gary Scavuzzo (within shouting distance of this marker); Lt. Charles W. Kelly, USN (within shouting distance of this marker); September 11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Nearly Ruined, A Victorian Village Rises from the Ashes (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toms River.
 
Regarding Toms River Block House. The hanging of Captain Joshua Huddy caused an international incident during the war.

According to Nicholas F. Rakoncza in Toms River was in Flames: The Toms River Blockhouse Fight and William H. Fischer (for whom Toms River's Fischer Boulevard is named), in The Toms River Block House Fight, the 10 patriots who lost their lives as a result of the attack were:
Major John Cook, 2nd Regiment Monmouth Militia and a Toms River resident
Captain Joshua Huddy who was unlawfully hanged on April 12, 1782
Captain Ephriam Jenkins, stationed in Toms River, but not assigned to Blockhouse
Matross Daniel Dodge
Matross John Farr
Matross James Kennedy
Matross James Kinsley (or Kinsey)
Matross Cornelius McDonald
Matross Thomas
Toms River Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By R. C.
2. Toms River Block House Marker
Rostoinder
Matross John Wainwright.
A Matross was a gunner or gunner's mate.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Capt. Huddy, a Captain in the NJ militia and in command at Toms River, escaped capture at the battle but was later captured. His home is nearby.
 
Also see . . .
1. Toms River Blockhouse Fight. Short article about, but with an inaccurate of, the Toms River Block House fight. (Submitted on February 3, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 

2. The Capture of the Block House at Toms River, New Jersey, March 24, 1782:. Read at the Memorial Service at Toms River, May 30, 1888
This book, by William Scudder Stryker was published by Naar, Day & Naar, book and job printers in 1888. The original is located at Princeton University. (Submitted on February 3, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
 
Toms River Block House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By R. C.
3. Toms River Block House Marker
View from across the street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on January 28, 2009, by Ronald Claiborne of College Station, Texas. This page has been viewed 2,187 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 28, 2009, by Ronald Claiborne of College Station, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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Apr. 19, 2024