Chestnut Neck Battle Monument

by Timothy Griscom June. 16, 2007 1254 views

I was always intrigued by the Chestnut Neck Battle Monument, first because it faces away from Route 9. Second, because it commorates a lesser known battle of the Revolutionary War. Third, because some of my ancestors lived there at the time. While I have seen the back of the monumnet, I finally found the road which leads to the front of the monument to photograph it. As is typical of the area, there were numerous mosquitos and the dreaded greenhead flies. The site should be photographed in the morning, but of course I was there at dusk. (Lightroom provided the “fill light” to extracate the detail of the statue).

The General Lafayette Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected this monument.

Placed in a promenant curve in the road, the curve was bypassed when the Parkway bridge over the Mullica replaced the Route 9 bridge over the same waterway. Travelers on Route 9 must enter the Parkway, which changed the alignment of the road.

The battle of Chestnut Neck was fought in October of 1778. We lost.

The monument was erected in 1911.

Surrounded by trees, the minuteman looks seaward.

Honoring brave patriots of the Revolutionary War.

Photo enhanced to show detail.

Photo enhanced to show detail.

This foreboding gate leads to the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

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