BATTLE OF SPANKTOWN
Date: February 23rd, 1777
Location: Spanktown, NJ (Now Rahway)
American Commander: General William Maxwell
British Commander: Colonel Charles Mawhood
The Battle: Colonel Mawhood, with 2,000 men, was roaming the New Jersey No-Man’s Land with orders to destroy any American forces he encountered. At Spanktown Mawhood’s troops came upon American Militiamen herding livestock for supplies while being accompanied by Continental Army Regulars. The American forces totaled fewer than 900 men.
The British attacked but the Continentals held firm, protecting the Militiamen herding the cattle and driving off their attackers. The Americans proceeded to “spank” the Redcoats all the way to Amboy.
British losses were 56 dead and 39 wounded (unusual since wounded normally outnumber the dead) while American losses were just 5 dead and 9 wounded.
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