Re: [Revlist] Re: More from Hackensack
- I grew up in Cresskill and spent my childhood exploring the woods , swamps
and creeks around Bergen County. As I got older and could drive I cruised
many back roads (there were some then) and went all over Bergen County on
my motorcycle. I never had any inkling that the area was so heavily
involved in the war. I thank you for posting these excerpts.
I feel so cheated that growing up here we were never told of the history of
our very own neighborhoods.
On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 6:11 PM, James Smith <jms2180@...> wrote:
> More from Dohla...
> March 23, 1780
> At daybreak we again marched out of Hackensack. We wished to proceed two
> miles further to Pollingtown, a small city where we hoped to capture a
> rebel command of two hundred men. However, because we were betrayed by
> spies and the rebels came against us from all sides, we had to begin the
> return march. They would have taken all of us prisoners, because they were
> five to six times stronger than we were, if Colonel Emmerich of the English
> had not joined us with four hundred light infantry and jaegers. On the
> previous day they had been transferred across the North River beyond Kings
> bridge and were have supported us during the attack on Pollingtown. Colonel
> Emmerich covered our flank as soon as he joined us, and we slowly pulled
> back under a steady fire, which last more than six hours. During this time
> we threw away or discarded most of our furniture booty. At eight o'clock in
> the evening we again arrived at New York, after the enemy had followed us
> to the water of the North River. From this expedition, we had dead three
> Scots, eleven English and Hessians, and Private Bar, of our regiment, made
> prisoner. On this day my life was exposed to many hundreds of bullets...
> Another great excerpt, as Dohla discusses the chaos and running nature of
> the battle that occurred. He then goes on to describe some of the items he
> had taken including silver pock watches, spoons, silk fabrics and mattress
> covers of fine linen.
> Very Respectful,
> Jim S
> Outwater's Militia
> On Fri, Aug 31, 2012 at 11:37 AM, Richard Patterson
> > **
> > "This village wasattacked and all houses were immediately broken into and
> > everything ruined;
> > doors, windows, boxes, and chests, everything lumped together and
> > plundered. All the males were taken prisoners, and the townhall and some
> > other splendid buildings were set on fire. We took considerable booty,
> > money, silver, pocket watches, silver plater and spoons, as well as
> > furniture, good clothing, fine English linen, good silk stockings, gloves
> > and neckcloths, as well as other expensive silks, satins, and other
> > materials."
> > Dohla then went on to say: "We then renamed it "Newark'"
> > Cheers,
> > Rich Patterson
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