Red Bank Battlefield Park, National Park

#129 of 281 in Parks in New Jersey
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The Red Bank Battlefield is located along the Delaware River in National Park, Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States. It was the location of the Battle of Red Bank in the American Revolutionary War on October 22, 1777. Fort Mercer and its sister, Fort Mifflin in Pennsylvania, defended the river and prevented the British from using it for transportation. The forts successfully delayed the British, but in the end, they were both destroyed or abandoned.
Today the site of the Battle of Red Bank is a part of the Gloucester County Parks system called Red Bank Battlefield Park.
The central feature of the park is the James and Ann Whitall House. This structure, a brick and stone house just outside the works of Fort Mercer, served as a hospital for some of the men wounded in the fighting. The house suffered damage during the battle. Ann Cooper Whitall had remained in the house during the fighting and tended to the wounded, earning her the epithet "Heroine of Red Bank."
Although much of the battlefield has eroded into the Delaware River, some portions of Fort Mercer remain. The prominent historical feature of the park is the remains of the ditch which surrounded the now-gone earthworks. Around these works and along the riverbank are several period cannons, including four raised from the wreck of the British man-of-war, HMS Augusta, and a British sloop, Merlin. The three American cannons facing the Whitall House were found in 1935 buried on the site. Nearer to the Whitall House, a preserved section of the chevaux-de-frise river defenses of the Fort Mercer and Fort Mifflin system is displayed, along with various cannonballs recovered from the battlefield. Several monuments honor the combatants, including a memorial to the fallen Hessian leader, whose remains were buried on the grounds, and a 75ft-tall monument.
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  • This is a great park and historic battlefield in Gloucester county. Over a mile in walking trails and a terrific view of the Delaware river. An historic battlefield from the Revelotionary war. Huge....  more »
  • We didn't intend to do any touring on our visit to family in New Jersey, but were told about this nearby place. It was a great surprise. It's right on the Delaware River and has many park benches...  more »
  • One of the most beautiful park in NJ. I didn't know that we live in vicinity of such a wonderful area. It's called a national park, don't know why as it is not that big. If you really want to enjoy the place come here in the late afternoon in a summer day. The setting sun creates such a phenomenal play of light and shadow amidst the lush green surroundings. The sunset hours looks mesmerizing at the Delaware water front. You can do get together and arrange party or play or do picnic. There are play area for the kids also. I had an awesome afternoon and would definitely come back again.
  • A+++++++++. Great park in the area. Very clean and great views. Two years ago I histed my sister's baby shower under one if the pavilions. Last year I met my boyfriend here so two for two. The views are great and the sunset is to die for. Makes for a very picturesque atmosphere. I've gone all year round but fall and winter are a bit briskly.

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