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

Combs Hill Cannonade

 
 
Combs Hill Cannonade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, circa April 2007
1. Combs Hill Cannonade Marker
Inscription. During the early afternoon, the Continental and British Armies were stalemated as they cannonaded each other across Spotswood Middle Brook. Major General Greene then appeared on this hill with four artillery pieces and began bombarding the British. Caught in a crossfire from the Continental guns, the British were forced to pull back.

The British artillery withdrew, then the British infantry withdrew as quickly as their troops could be collected. General Washington sent men forward to harass the retreating enemy. When the British counterattacked, the Continental artillery drove them back a final time, giving the Continental Army a major psychological and political victory.
 
Erected by Department of Environmental Protection.
 
Location. 40° 15.853′ N, 74° 19.227′ W. Marker is in Englishtown, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Touch for map. Marker is located behind the Monmouth Battlefield visitor center. Marker is in this post office area: Englishtown NJ 07726, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monmouth Battlefield State Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Monmouth Battlefield (within shouting distance
British Troops at the Combs Hill Cannonade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 21, 2014
2. British Troops at the Combs Hill Cannonade Marker
of this marker); D’Annae: A French, Swedish-Style 4-pounder (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Molly Pitcher (about 400 feet away); General von Steuben (about 400 feet away); Mary Hays, nicknamed “Molly Pitcher" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle at the Parsonage (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hold the Hedgerow! (approx. half a mile away).
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Combs Hill Cannonade Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, circa April 2007
3. Combs Hill Cannonade Marker
The Battle of Monmouth 3:30 PM-5:30 PM image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, April 2007
4. The Battle of Monmouth 3:30 PM-5:30 PM
Though firing at long range: the Combs Hill cannon were still able to rake the British positions along the hedgerow. Shots that fell short ricocheted into the British; Shots fired too high hit the far end of their line.
View of the battlefield from Combs Hill image. Click for full size.
By Bryan Olson, 2002
5. View of the battlefield from Combs Hill
Combs Hill Cannonade image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 15, 2013
6. Combs Hill Cannonade
American troops man the cannons on Combs Hill during a Battle of Monmouth reenactment, as American and British forces clash in the field beyond.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York. This page has been viewed 1,392 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York.   2. submitted on June 21, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4, 5. submitted on March 13, 2008, by Bryan Olson of Syracuse, New York.   6. submitted on June 15, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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