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KEEP CALM and REENACT: 1st Battalion of New Jersey Volunteers 1NJV Revolutionary War Reenactment

The Three Guides

by Todd Braisted
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
Flashback to great 'tea burning' of 1774, the pride of a South Jersey town

By Lisa Rose/The Star-Ledger
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
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The Capture of Charles Lee


By Todd W. Braisted
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.
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The Calamitous Captivity of John Graves Simcoe

By Todd W. Braisted

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

Sullivan`s Expedition against the Indians   

The Last half of the year 1778 was an eventful period in the history of the fight for freedom in America. The plains of Monmouth, in New Jersey had just been the scene of a fierce conflict on a hot Sabbath day, between the Continentals and the British Line and the Royal army hand disappeared by a midnight flight. The weary patriots were celebrating of there boastful but unsecured independence when the young nation was startled by the news of a horrid massacre among the hills and valleys of beautiful Wyoming. Read More

From Greensleeves Typepad

"We are Avenging the Cause of Virgin Innocence" (Knyphausen's Raid Part VIII)


In the weeks and months that followed her killing, a barrage of outrage and charges of the most unforgivable behavior were leveled against the Royalists in connection with the death of Hannah Caldwell. Her grieving widower, no stranger to the power of the pulpit, wrote a letter for publication in which he dismissed British claims that her killing was no assassination READ MORE

The New Jersey Volunteers
Loyalists in the Revolutionary War
By William Styker

As soon as General William Howe arrived at Staten Island, on the 7th of July, 1776, so pleased was he with his reception in the harbour of New York that he wrote these words to the British government: "I have great reason to expect an enormous body of the inhabitants to join the army from the provinces of York, the Jerseys and Connecticut, who, in this time of universal oppression, only wait for opportunities give proofs of their loyalty and zeal for government. Sixty men came over two days ago with a few arms from the neighbourhood of Shrewsbury, in Jersey,who were desirous to serve, and l  understand there are five hundred more in that quarter ready to follow". READ MORE

From papers of Charles Lee - Letters from Monmouth 

To Benjamin Rush

Camp at Valley forge June ye 4th1778.
MY DR. RUSH,
Tho I had no occasion for fresh assurances of your.Friendship, I cannot help being much pleased with the warmth which your letter, deliver'd to me by Mr. Hale, breathes, and I hope it is unnecessary to assure you that my sentiments with respect to you, are correspondent--You would think it odd that I shou'd seen to be an Apologist for General Howe. Read More

Chaplains of the New Jersey Brigade 

The principal sources of information from which these
sketches of the chaplains from New Jersey in the War of Independence have been drawn, are Stryker's '' Officers and Men in the Army of the Revolution" ; " New Jersey Archives" ; Sprague's "Annals of the American Pulpit" ; Hall's '' History of the Presbyterian Church in Trenton"; Minutes of the General
Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States ; Dubbs', also Good's " History of the Reformed Church in the United States" ; Griffith's &' History of the Baptists in New Jersey," and Fenwick's "History of Salem." Read More

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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

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