Monmouth Battle Monument

Marissa Joseph

Located in Freehold’s Monument Park, the Monmouth Battle Monument depicts various events that took place during the Battle of Monmouth. These events are Ramsey defending his guns, Washington rallying his troops, Molly Pitcher helping with the firing of a cannon, the Council of War at Hopewell, and Wayne’s charge.

The monument’s enormous height and grandeur were the aspects of the monument itself that initially surprised me. It made sense that there would be a desire to commemorate the Battle of Monmouth; however, I did not understand why there would be a need to commemorate it in such a grand way.

Through the numerous examples of the people’s reactions that I found in my research, I conclude that this monument demonstrates the necessity and desire for constructing a lasting and majestic memory of the people who fought in the Battle of Monmouth.

About urba0090

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