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A Noble Defense: Red Bank October 22, 1777

A Noble Defense: The Hessian Repulse at Red Bank October 22, 1777

Presented by James R. Mc Intyer

Monday, July 18, 2022 - 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time

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Most histories of the 1777 campaign in the Philadelphia are dwell on the great clashes at Brandywine and Germantown. In doing so they focus on a series of American defeats. Often neglected in the narratives of the overall campaign is the Hessian repulse at Red Bank, New Jersey—Fort Mercer.

At this small post, a determined group of Rhode Islanders under the command of Colonel Christopher Greene turned back an assault by a Hessian column some 1,200 strong under Colonel Count Carl Emil von Donop. While often overlooked in the pages of subsequent histories, this presentation will argue that, for contemporaries the success at Red Bank was on par with the British surrender at Saratoga.

Jim Mc Intyre received his Bachelors degree in History from Temple University in 1996 and his Masters from the University of Illinois in 1999. His main interest is the American War of Independence, on which he has written numerous articles and papers. He is the author of The Development of the British Light Infantry, Continental and North American Influences 1740-1765 and Johann Ewald: Jäger Commander, and translator/editor of Johann Ewald, Thoughts of a Hessian Officer on What has to be done During a Tour with a Detachment in the Field. He teaches History at Moraine Valley Community College near Chicago, Illinois and serves as a Fleet Professor in the United States Naval War College’s College of Distance Education, Strategy and War Department.

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