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The Battle of Second River

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2010
1. The Battle of Second River Marker
Inscription.
In commemoration
of
The Battle of Second River
September 1777,
Dedicated by
The State Camp of New Jersey
Patriotic Order
Sons of America
September 1932

 
Erected 1932 by The State Camp of New Jersey, Patriotic Order Sons of America.
 
Location. 40° 47.174′ N, 74° 9.874′ W. Marker is in Belleville, New Jersey, in Essex County. Marker is at the intersection of Mill Street and Park Drive, on the right when traveling west on Mill Street. Touch for map. Marker is located in Branch Brook Park. Marker is in this post office area: Belleville NJ 07109, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. Peter's Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Branch Brook Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); Karr/Milburn House (approx. half a mile away); Belleville Copper Rolling Mill (approx. half a mile away); Victory (approx. 0.6 miles away); Christopher Columbus (approx. 0.6 miles away); 150th Anniversary of Belleville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Forest Hill Historic District (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Belleville.
 
Regarding The Battle of Second River. It is unclear as to what battle the marker is commemorating. Several sources record battles occurring here on January
Belleville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2010
2. Belleville Marker
27, 1777, September 27, 1778 and June 1, 1779. Yet another account tells of a skirmish between troops of Washington's Army and those of Gen. Charles Cornwallis during the retreat across New Jersey. While the date of this skirmish is not mentioned, it would have been in late 1776, and not in September 1777.

An article about this marker, and the battle it commemorates appeared in The Belleville Times of Sept. 27, 2007. The article is reproduced at Old Belleville Blog.
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Branch Brook Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2010
3. Marker in Branch Brook Park
The Battle of Second River Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 24, 2010
4. The Battle of Second River Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 24, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 859 times since then and 28 times this year. Last updated on September 14, 2011, by James True of Newark, New Jersey. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 24, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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