National Park in Gloucester County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Red Bank Battleﬁeld
“Ye English soldiers came . . . They took two mares from me . . . and while the army was passing they came in and took our bread, pie, milk, cheese, meat dishes, cups, spoons, and then took shirts, sheets, blankets, coverleds, stodking, breeches. . . . ”
“The Forts at Province Island and Red Bank have been defended with a Magnanimity, which will give our Country a Reputation in Europe.”
The once lush Whitall farm lay in ruins following the battle. Decimated orchards, unmarked graves, and blood-stained floors remained stark reminders of the price of war.
In November, Fort Mifflin fell to the British and the Americans abandoned Fort Mercer. British forces lay waste to what was left of the fort and pillaged the Whitall home for supplies. It would not be until the spring of 1778 that the Whitall family could begin rebuilding their business and their lives.
Despite the ultimate abandonment of Fort Mercer, the victory at Red Bank was significant for two reasons: 1) It allowed Washington’s forces the
James Whitall never forgave the Americans for their actions on his property. He petitioned the New Jersey legislature for reimbursement – reimbursement which never came.
Erected 2015 by New Jersey Historical Commission.
Location. 39° 52.19′ N, 75° 11.432′ W. Marker is in National Park, New Jersey, in Gloucester County. Marker can be reached from Hessian Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the Red Bank Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: National Park NJ 08063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whitall House (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Red Bank Battlefield Park! (within shouting distance of this marker); Ann Cooper Whitall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Medicinal Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); James and Ann Whitall House (within shouting distance of this marker); Operations on the Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); National Park Armed Service Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Naval Engagement (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in National Park.
More about this marker. A map of the Plan of attack on the Fort of Red Bank appears at the upper left of the marker. It includes a caption of “This map shows how close the Whitall plantation was to two forts: Mercer and Mifflin. After the Hessians failed to take Fort Mercer, the crown turned its attention to Fort Mifflin which faced one of the heaviest bombardments of the war.”
Categories. War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 19, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.