Mary Hays, nicknamed “Molly Pitcher"
Women’s Heritage Trail
— Monmouth Battlefield State Park —
After the war, Mary Hays retired to her home in Carlisle, PA, where she outlived two husbands. Her actions as “Molly Pitcher” became immortalized in the stories that represent all the women who tended to the injured, and supported the troops in the heat of battle during the Revolutionary War.
One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place here in the fields and forest that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park.
“She often told this deponent and her girl friends the story of her army life…’You girls should have been with me at the Battle of Monmouth and learned hew
Mrs. Susan Heckendorn, 1895.
(Inscription under the image in the lower left)
Mott’s Artillery on Perrine’s Hill, photo: Gary Wheeler Stone.
(Inscription in the two boxes on the right)
Upper box-By carrying pitchers of clear spring water to the parched soldiers and gunmen who needed it to cool their hot artillery, Mary Hays managed to earn the title of “Molly Pitcher”. By hoisting wounded soldiers on her own slender back and spiriting them from the blood battlefields she earned the men’s respect. What earned her their adoration, however, was act of active participation in the fighting. Because of her bravery she is on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail.
Lower box-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 New Historic Trust Historic Preservation Office.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: War, US Revolutionary • Women. In addition, it is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail series list.
Location. 40° 15.674′
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General von Steuben (approx. 0.2 miles away); D’Annae: A French, Swedish-Style 4-pounder (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monmouth Battlefield (approx. 0.2 miles away); Molly Pitcher (approx. 0.2 miles away); Combs Hill Cannonade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Monmouth Battlefield State Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle at the Parsonage (approx. half a mile away); Hold the Hedgerow! (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Manalapan Township.
Credits. This page was last revised on March 5, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 11, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 327 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 11, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. 7. submitted on February 22, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.