Friends of monmouth Battlefield

"The Annual Battle of Monmouth reenactment" this year will be held on June 20-21, 2015.

Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Monmouth

ReenactmentEach year the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield co-sponsors, with the DEP, State of New Jersey, an annual reenactment of the battle. The event is usually held on a weekend towards the end of June, in commemoration of the anniversary of the battle being fought on June 28, 1778. Hundreds of troops encamp at the park and recreate scenarios of the battle over the weekend. There are also numerous presentations and lectures, tours of the camps, and sutler area open to the public. A suggested donation of $10.00 per car is requested to help cover the cost of the event. A food vendor will be on site and handicapped parking is available.

Reenactment1Bring your family to the Battlefield Saturday or Sunday, June 21-22, 2014, and travel back in time to the 1770s.  Two armies will be preparing to do battle.  Continental Army soldiers retrained at Valley Forge are itching to show off their new skills, while a British-German-Loyalist Army hopes to crush the rebels and restore good government.  Come early for a full day of living history.  The army encampments will welcome visitors beginning at 9 A.M.  Watch soldiers clean their muskets while their women prepare what may be their men’s last meal.  Some officers may be drilling their men while others plan for the battle and yet others play cards.  If someone is accused of cheating, there may be a duel.  Keep track of your children or they may be drafted into one of the armies.

The weekend is sponsored by the re-enactment community, the Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, and the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.  The Friends of Monmouth Battlefield will be requesting an $10 per vehicle donation to defray the costs of the weekend.

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Young Loyalists launch a bayonet charge (2005, Garry Wheeler Stone)
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Let the fife & drum stir your blood. (2003, Richard Wilbur)

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A Continental platoon fires a volley.  (2003,Michael F. Smith)

Schedule of Events for the Commemoration of the 237th Anniversary of the Battle of Monmouth June 20-21, 2015

ALL EVENTS HELD (OR START AT) THE VISITOR CENTER unless otherwise listed

Saturday, June 20

9:30 AM

Camps open to public

10:00 AM

Company and battalion drill in camps

11:00 AM

Artillery drill (amphitheater on hillside). Mott’s Artillery.

11:00 AM

Wreath laying in honor of the fallen (at flagpole)
Sons of the American Revolution.

11:30 AM

Horse drill (amphitheater on hillside). Queen’s Rangers.

12:00 noon

Children’s wooden musket drill (in camps)

12:30 PM

Bayonet and musket drill (amphitheater on hillside)

1:00 PM

Over Here Molly Pitcher program (Auditorium in Visitor Center)
Living history historian Stacy Roth.

1:30 PM

British army formation and march

1:45 PM

Continental army formation and march

2:30-3:30PM 

Battle

4:30 PM

Camps close to the public; sutlers remain open

Sunday, June 21

9:30 AM

Camps open to public

10:00 AM

Company and battalion drill (in camps)

11:00 AM

Women’s Sewing Circle: Colonial Fashions (in camps)

11:30 AM

Bayonet and musket drill (amphitheater on hillside)

12:00 noon

Children’s wooden musket drill (in camps)

12:15 PM

Over Here Molly Pitcher program (Auditorium in Visitor Center)
Living history historian Stacy Roth

12:30 PM

British army formation and march

12:45 PM

Continental army formation and march

1:30-2:30 PM 

Battle

3:00 PM

Camps close to the public; sutlers remain open

 

 


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