This Just In
Mount Harmon 2011
In the early morning hours of September 28, 1778, British Troops under Major General Charles Grey surprised and decimated an entire regiment of Continental cavalry commanded by Colonel George Baylor. Over twenty were killed, more than forty captured, and many others wounded. Their major lay dead, and their colonel nearly so. And it could have been much, much worse. Now called the Baylor Massacre, the story of the British Light Infantry surprising the 3rd Dragoons at Old Tappan (modern River Vale) on that September morning is well known. Few are aware, though, that two other British detachments were in motion that evening with a much larger target in view. READ MORE
In November 1776, a British army under Lieutenant-General Sir William Howe was on the offensive, having successfully driven American forces off of Manhattan island and the surrounding regions east and north of New York City. The remnants of General George Washington’s defeated army had retreated across the Hudson River to the apparent safety of Bergen County, New Jersey. The Hudson was wide with a strong current, but the British had substantial naval assets to ferry troops across. What afford protection were the high sandstone cliffs on the western shore called the Palisades which rise over 300 feet above the river. READ MORE
GREENWICH — On the night of December 22, 1774, a group of South Jersey patriots braved the cold to stage an incendiary protest against British taxation.The villagers hauled a stolen shipment of tea into the town square and set it ablaze, building a bonfire to express their defiance.The Greenwich Tea Burning may not be as famed as the Boston Tea Party but it has been a source of pride for generations of residents in the Cumberland County hamlet along the Cohansey River. The town’s centerpiece is a monument, built in 1908, listing the names of the tea burners. READ MORE
There are plenty of tall tales concerning the capture of Charles Lee in 1776, even though the unembellished account of the capture contains plenty of drama of its own, as we see in this week’s guest post by Loyalist scholar Todd Braisted.
Major General Charles Lee, by nearly all accounts, was a difficult man to work with, and (as we’ll discuss in the future) had ego issues that made Washington’s job as Commander in Chief more difficult than it had to be. But depicting Lee as a philandering traitor to the American cause who was caught in the middle of a children’s game-turned-sex romp with a prostitute is a bit over-the-top in terms of gratuitous character assassination, don’t you think? I am especially grateful this week for Todd Braisted’s write-up of the REAL capture of Charles Lee, which will hopefully clear up any confusion about the accuracy of Lee’s questionable debut in TURN. READ MORE
The story line in TURN has placed the British Captain John Graves Simcoe into the hands of his Rebel foes in Autumn of 1776. It seems that everyone rooting against the British wants Simcoe dead. Benjamin Tallmadge almost carries out the deed before halted in the nick of time by a superior officer. As with virtually everything in TURN, real events are twisted and fictionalized to suit the story – which is to be expected in any presentation of historical fiction. But did any of this ever happen? Are any elements of the show’s portrayal actually correct? READ MORE
West Jersey Artillery
The Battle of the Hook October 19th and 20th in Gloucester, Virginia. One of the most incredible American Revolutionary war reenactments ever.
Princeton Battlefield Society receives $47K grant to study area of battlefield never explored for artifacts
Gen. George Washington and his Continental army fought and won the Battle of Princeton more than 200 years ago during the American Revolution, but there are sections of the battlefield that have never been explored for artifacts.
The Princeton Battlefield Society received a $47,100 grant from the National Park Service to complete an archaeological study of a 29-acre tract of the battlefield, focusing in on a 4.6-acre plot owned by the D’Ambrisi family on Stockton Street that is adjacent to the state park. READ MORE
Princeton Battlefield land must be protected from development by Institute for Advanced Study
By Richard Patterson
The effort to preserve the important piece of the original Princeton Battlefield upon which the Institute for Advanced Study proposes to build faculty housing poses an unusual problem. Although I strongly favor preserving that piece of ground, I recognize that the preservation effort is not to thwart an unfeeling developer, but a highly and deservedly respected institution of the highest learning and one that has been somewhat cooperative with the Battlefield Park in the past. READ MORE