The Battle of Monmouth Monument – Freehold, New Jersey

Alyssa Ezon

In front of the Monmouth County courthouse stands this beautiful monument that is over 90 feet tall. The Battle of Monmouth Monument commemorates the Battle of Monmouth and the soldiers who died during the American Revolution by displaying five bronze tablets along its base. Each tablet displays different pictures including important generals and historic figures that fought in the Battle of Monmouth.

What brought my attention to this monument was the fact that it represents a battle that is rarely spoken about in history. The Battle of Monmouth was just one of many battles fought in the American Revolution. This battle never had a distinct outcome; rather many actually consider it a draw. Yet this monument does not only represent the one battle. It also represents the soldiers who fought in this battle and in other battles in the American Revolution. At its upper column, the monument has thirteen coats of arms with laurel leafs that connect them and at its very top stands lady liberty and her shield. These both represent America’s freedom and unity as a result of the American Revolution.

From this monument, I learned that there are many different ways to represent something cohesively. This Battle of Monmouth monument draws people’s attention by its height, location, beauty and meaning. Even though the tablets are a separate entity from the coats of arms and lady liberty, they all come together to convey the importance of the Battle of Monmouth and the soldiers contribution to America’s freedom.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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