Mary Hays, nicknamed “Molly Pitcher”
Women’s Heritage Trail
—Monmouth Battleﬁeld State Park —
After the war, Mary Hays retired to her home in Carlisle, PA, where she outlived two husbands. Her actions as “Molly Pitcher” became immortalized in the stories that represent all the women who tended to the injured, and supported the troops in the heat of battle during the Revolutionary War.
One of the largest battles of the American Revolution took place here in the fields and forest that now make up Monmouth Battlefield State Park.
“She often told this deponent and her girl friends the story of her army life…’You girls should have been with me at the Battle of Monmouth and learned hew to load a cannon.”
Mrs. Susan Heckendorn, 1895.
(Inscription under the image in the lower left)
Mott’s Artillery on Perrine’s Hill, photo: Gary Wheeler Stone.
Upper box-By carrying pitchers of clear spring water to the parched soldiers and gunmen who needed it to cool their hot artillery, Mary Hays managed to earn the title of “Molly Pitcher”. By hoisting wounded soldiers on her own slender back and spiriting them from the blood battlefields she earned the men’s respect. What earned her their adoration, however, was act of active participation in the fighting. Because of her bravery she is on the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail.
Lower box-The New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail highlights a collection of historic sites located around the state that represent the significant contributions women made to the history of our state. The Heritage Trail brings to life the vital role of women in New Jersey’s past and present.
Erected by New Historic Trust Historic Preservation Office.
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 40° 15.674′ N, 74° 19.268′ W. Marker is in Manalapan, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on New Jersey Route Bus 33. Touch for map. 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
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary • Women •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 11, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.