Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Last Tragic Episode of the American Revolution
The British warship H.M.S. Assistance was anchored in Sandy Hook Bay when 11 seamen deserted the ship. 1st Lieutenant Hamilton Douglas-Halyburton led a party of 13 seamen to apprehend them.
While searching Sandy Hook, a blizzard overcame the Halyburton detachment. They were discovered frozen to death in a salt marsh meadow along the bay, and buried in a common grave.
By 1808, the monument that commemorated the incident and the gravesite were lost. A century later, workmen grading an army railroad bed discovered the crypt. The remains were re-interred at Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn.
The present monument and memorial grounds were erected by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1937.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps marker series.
Location. 40° 26.88′ N, 73° 59.759′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Marker is at or near this postal address: Hartshorne Drive, Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 H.M.S. Assistance Tragedy Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); British Embarkation (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Nike Ajax Explosion Memorial (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Guns of Sandy Hook (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Dead House (approx. ¾ mile away); Hospital Steward’s Quarters (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Best of Care (approx. 0.8 miles away); NOAA Fisheries Service (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of the original monument, and another showing CCC workers constructing the monument we see today.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,125 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 20, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6, 7. submitted on November 10, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.