Freehold in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Monmouth Battle Monument
Monmouth County Historical Site
This monument commemorates the pivotal June 28, 1778 Battle of Monmouth which began near this site. A campaign to erect the memorial, led by Freehold native Governor Joel Parker and Major James S. Yard, began in 1877. Its cornerstone was laid on the battle’s 100th anniversary and its unveiling took place on November 13, 1884. Surrounding the 90 foot granite column are bas-reliefs sculpted by James Edward Kelly depicting Revolutionary War scenes and the seals of the 13 colonies. The figure of Columbia triumphant stands at its peak. Damaged by lightning in 1894, the original statue was replaced in 1896. Funding for construction included private donations and appropriations by the New Jersey Legislature and U.S. Congress. The family of Daniel S. Schank donated the land, ownership of which passed from the state to the County of Monmouth in 1999.
Erected by Monmouth County.
Location. 40° 15.796′ N, 74° 16.681′ W. Marker is in Freehold, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Court Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Monmouth County Courthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Freehold NJ 07728, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Battle of Monmouth Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Revolutionary Ancestors of Monmouth Court House (within shouting distance of this marker); Abraham Lincoln (within shouting distance of this marker); Corp. James A. Gere (approx. ¼ mile away); Historic St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (approx. ¼ mile away); Monmouth Court House Site (approx. 0.3 miles away); Columbia Triumphant Park and Statue (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Peter’s Church (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Freehold.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Monmouth. New Jersey during the Revolution. (Submitted on March 2, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. The Battle of Monmouth, 1778. A British perspective of the Battle of Monmouth on BritishBattles.com. (Submitted on March 2, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 2, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 857 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on March 2, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 12. submitted on June 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.