Ringoes in Hunterdon County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
December 14, 1776
The British commander in New Jersey sent Cornet Geary and a squad of Dragoons to conduct a raid on Flemington to destroy colonial supplies and to see if a determined patriot resistance existed. This force departed the main body at Pennington on December 14, 1776 and conducted the raid, but upon returning they were intercepted by the Amwell Militia.
Determined to repulse this intrusion, Capt. John Schenck had gathered the citizen soldiers. During the fierce fire fight that ensured, Geary was shot dead. The other Dragoons fled in disorder. Geary was buried nearby. This stone was erected by the Geary Family when the gravesite was confirmed in 1891.
The action contributed to Gen. Washington's ability to conceal Durham Boats at Bulls Island and to maintain the Old York Road supply line.
See the sign and the Amwell Memorial - Route 31 East - 875' N.W.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Events • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1776.
Location. 40° 27.37′ N, 74° 51.379′ W. Marker is in Ringoes, New Jersey, in Hunterdon County. Marker can be reached from Geary's Ridge Road. This marker is located at the end of a footpath that is accessible from Geary's Ridge Road. The entrance to the footpath is shown in photo #3. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ringoes NJ 08551, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Cornet Francis Geary (here, next to this marker); Amwell Militia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Flemington Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coronet Geary Trail (approx. half a mile away); United First Presbyterian Church of Amwell (approx. one mile away); Amwell Church (approx. 1.2 miles away); Servis-Quick Family Cemetery (approx. 1.3 miles away); Black River and Western Railroad (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ringoes.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
Also see . . . Additional Information - The ambush of Geary's Dragoons. (Submitted on March 9, 2011, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey.)
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