2018 Assault on Fort Mercer Reenactment
(aka Battle of Red Bank Battlefield Reenactment)
Celebrate America’s heroes at the Assault on Fort Mercer Reenactment, part of the 18th Century Field Day on October 21, 2018 at Red Bank Battle Field Park in National Park, NJ. Eighteenth Century Field Day is a wonderful tradition that begins with a 10 mile run from Haddonfield to National Park that mirrors the run that Jonas Cattel made in 1777 when he went to warn the American patriots the Hessians were coming to attack Fort Mercer.
Assault on Fort Mercer Reenactment (aka Battle of Red Bank Battlefield Reenactment)
The Assault on Fort Mercer Reenactment commemorate the 1777 assault on Fort Mercer on the grounds surrounding the original fort. Sutlers and craft people will be set up among the exhibitors near the historic Whitall House as well.
Free Admission – Public Welcome
18th Century Field Day Schedule
10:00 am The Colonial Conjurer
10:30 am Awards Ceremony
11:00 am First Battle Reenactment
11:30 am The colonial Conjurer
12:00 pm Children’s Muster Drill
12:30 pm John Bartram Speaks
1:00 pm Sea Dogs Shenanigans
1:30 pm Children’s Muster Drill
2:00 pm Second Battle Reenactment
2:30 pm Sea Dogs Shenanigans
3:00 pm A Soldier’s Life
Full and probationary members of the Continental Line and British Brigade are invited to participate in the commemoration of the 17TT assault on Fort Mercer on the grounds surrounding the original fort in National Park, New Jersey. The 240th anniversary of this important Philadelphia Campaign attack should be especially interesting and action-filled event.
Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856) 853-3395 or
Freeholder Frank J. DiMarco (856) 853-3386
Red Bank Battlefield Historical Park
100 Hessian Ave
National Park, NJ 08063
18th-Century Field Day and Jonas Cattell Memorial Run
The Assault on Fort Mercer Reenactment is part of tha larger 18th-Century Field Day and Jonas Cattell Memorial Run held annually at Red Bank Battlefield Park. Enjoy battle reenactments, colonial demonstrators, vendors, food, and fun! Learn about the Battle of Red Bank and why New Jersey is called “The Crossroads of the American Revolution.” Tour the Whitall House and visit with our hearth cookers preparing delicious fall-inspired food. Take in a spectacular sword fight and enjoy a colonial magic show. Cheer on the Jonas Cattell Run participants at the finish line. Fun, food, and activities for everyone!
About Jonas Cattell Memorial Run
At the age of 18, in October 1777, Jonas Cantwell became a hero. At that time, a force of Hessian troops was camped in Haddonfield. Jonas was said to have been apprenticed to a blacksmith in Haddonfield, but had stayed there too late and was arrested by the soldiers for violating curfew. His punishment was to spend the night in jail until first light. During the night, Jonas overheard the Hessian and British soldiers discussing a surprise, early morning attack they were planning for the following day. They planned to march to Fort Mercer on the Delaware River and overthrow the American patriots who were stationed there.
About the Battle of Red Bank
Late in September 1777, Philadelphia was captured by British General William Howe, with a serious disadvantage. Extensive American river defenses blocked the shipping of food and supplies to the British army and citizens of Philadelphia. A major attack was planned against the garrison at Fort Mercer. A British brigade of about 1,200 Hessians under Colonel Carl Emil Ulrich Von Donop was ferried over to Coopers Ferry (now Camden) spending the night in Haddonfield.
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Assault on Fort Mercer Reenactment, part of the 18th Century Field Day on the second to last Sunday of October at Red Bank Battle Field Park in National Park, New Jersey.
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