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From Historic Roadsides of New Jersey by The Society of Colonial Wars in the State of New Jersey, 1928
Edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2002


Ocean County, organized about 1850 out of the southern portion of Monmouth County, is bounded on the north by Monmouth County, on the east by the Atlantic Ocean, on the south by Great Bay, and on the west by Burlington County.

County Seat. On the banks of Toms River. In the Revolution a fort or blockhouse was erected a short distance north of the bridge on a hill east of the road to Free hold. In 1782 the blockhouse was attacked by the Associated Loyalists. It was defended by Captain Joshua Huddy and a garrison until, the ammunition being expended, he was forced to surrender. The town was burned with two mills and the blockhouse, the cannon spiked and thrown into the river. Huddy was hanged by the Loyalists at Gravelly Point, the highlands of Navasink, April, 1782.

Scene of engagement December 27, 1782, between the Burlington County Light Horse, under Captain Shreve and John Bacon, with a band of Loyalists. The Loyalists escaped, owing to aid given by some of the inhabitants, who opened fire upon the militia. Bacon was subsequently killed in an engagement with Shreve's Light Horse at Egg Harbor.

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