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Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks

From The Journal of the American Revolution

Mutiny of the New Jersey Line


By Michael Schellhammer

Let’s start with the basics. Over the winter of 1780-81 the Continental Army was dispersed at winter camps in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.  The Army was also being reorganized and several regiments consolidated on New Year’s Day.  After that, the New Jersey Line consisted of about 500 soldiers organized in two regiments at Pompton, New Jersey, with other detachments quartered near Suffern and Chatham.   It was a mild winter and the soldiers lived relatively comfortably in log huts. That’s where the comfort ended 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

Mark E. Lender - The New Jersey Soldier 

With these sentimental lines, Emerson not only celebrated the bravery of the minutemen of 1775, but captured the popular view of all the revolutionary soldiers. Generations of Americans have glorified the patriot army in terms similar to Emerson's and built a patriotic stereotype of its soldiery. Without too much exaggeration,assumptions about the men can be reduced to this: the revolutionary soldiers were democratic "yeomen" farmers or "honest" mechanics. Read More

From Greensleve Typepad - Sullivan`s Staten Island Raid

On August 3rd, 1777, George Washington wrote to Col.
Elias Dayton, the senior regimental commander in the Jersey Brigade:

"Sir: The conduct of the Enemy is distressing and difficult to be understood. Since my last, directing you to proceed to Peeks Kill, their Fleet, or a pretty considerable part of it, has appeared off the Capes of Delaware, as we were advised yesterday by Express. In this state of uncertainty about their real object and design, I think it advisable, that you should halt your own and Colo. Ogden's Regiments where this Letter reaches you and there remain till further orders from me, unless you should receive authentic intelligence of the Fleets coming within Sandy Hook or going farther to the Eastward; in which case, you will proceed immediately to Peeks Kill, with all the expedition you can. You will hold yourself and every thing in readiness to march on the most Sudden emergency." 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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