Monmouth Battlefield to Come Alive with Sights and Sounds this Weekend – New Jersey News

Monmouth Battlefield to Come Alive with Sights and Sounds this Weekend – New Jersey News

Battle Reenactments and other living history events on Saturday June 17 and Sunday June 18

TRENTON – The rolling fields and woodlands of Monmouth Battlefield State Park will once again reverberate with the rattle of musket fire and roar of cannons as General Washington’s Continental Army clashes with British redcoats and their allies during the annual reenactment of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Monmouth this weekend.

 

Molly PitcherThe reenactment, taking place Saturday and Sunday at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, recalls the June 28, 1778 battle that historians consider to be a tactical draw but a strategic and morale-building turning point in the War of Independence.

“New Jersey played an important role in our nation’s fight for freedom,” said Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin. “The reenactment weekend gives families, students, history buffs and anyone who wants to learn more about history an opportunity to experience the life of soldiers on both sides. They will also gain insights into the infantry and artillery tactics that were used at the time of the Revolution.”

The reenactment weekend is one of the largest living-history event in the state. Encampments will open to the public at 9:30 a.m. both days, with the battle reenactments scheduled for the afternoons on both days. Events will conclude at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday. A $10 per vehicle parking donation is requested to help defray costs.

The reenactment weekend is co-sponsored by Friends of Monmouth Battlefield and the DEP’s Division of Parks and Forestry.

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