The Battle of Chestnut Neck, fought on October 6th, 1778, occurred after a fleet of nine British ships, carrying 400 British and Loyalist troops, attacked the trading port of Chestnut Neck in Little Egg Harbor in southern Ocean County.

Chestnut Neck had been an important port for American privateers, and also a busy trading center through which a large volume of supplies bound for Washington’s army went through during the encampment at Valley Forge. Forewarned of the attack, much of the town’s citizens and militia were able to retreat, allowing the British to capture only a small number of supplies while torching the village.

The Daughters of the American Revolution erected a 50 foot monument in 1910 to commemorate the battle.


Chestnut Neck Battle Monument, Port Republic, NJ 08241



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