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Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Last Tragic Episode of the American Revolution

 
 
A Last Tragic Episode of the American Revolution Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. A Last Tragic Episode of the American Revolution Marker
Inscription. On New Years Eve 1783, British forces were evacuating New York City as part of their final withdrawal from the new American Nation.

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
Marker on Sandy Hook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Marker on Sandy Hook
other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 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. 0.8 miles 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
 
Marker and Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Marker and Monument
The Halyburton Monument mentioned on the marker can be seen in the background of the photo.
Halyburton Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Halyburton Monument
Closeup of the Halyburton Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. Closeup of the Halyburton Monument
On this spot were buried the remains of the Honorable Hamilton Douglas Halyburton, 1st Lieutenant, Royal Navy, son of Earl of Morton, and James Champion, Lieutenant of Marines.

Together with twelve members of the crew of the H.M.S. Assistance who died here at Sandy Hook in line of duty on December 31, 1783.

Erected and dedicated in 1939.
Marker in Trinity Church in New York City image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
6. Marker in Trinity Church in New York City
This memorial to Hamilton Douglas Halyburton and his men is located in the South Monument Room of Trinity Church in Manhattan.
Hallyburton Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
7. Hallyburton Memorial
At Sandy Hook lye interred
The Remains
of the Honourable Hamilton Douglas Hallyburton, Son of Sholto Charles Earl of Morton and Heir of the Ancient Family of Hallyburton of Pitcure in Scotland, who perished on this coast with twelve more young gentlemen and one common Seaman, in the spirited Discharge of Duty
on the 30th or 31st of December 1783
Born on the 10 of October 1763.
A youth who in contempt of hardship or Danger, though possessed of an ample Fortune served seven years in the British Navy with a manly Courage and seemed to deserve a better fate.

This plain Monumental stone is erected by his unhappy Mother Katherine Countess Dowager of Morton to his dear memory and that of his unfortunate companions.
James Champion     Lieutenant of Marines
Alexander Johnstone, George Paddy, Robert Haywood
Midshipmen
Charles Gascoigne     William Tomlinson
Andrew Hamilton     William Spry
William Scott     John McChain
David Reddie     Robert Wood
Young Gentlemen
George Towers     common seaman
Cast away, all found dead and frozen, and buried in one Grave.
 
 
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 1,075 times since then and 40 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.
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