SPANKTOWN: FORGOTTEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE

William MaxwellThe 4th of July is fast approaching! In the spirit of the season here’s another neglected battle from the American Revolution.

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. 

FOR REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLES PRIOR TO JULY 4th, 1776, CLICK HERE: Before the Fourth

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2 responses to “SPANKTOWN: FORGOTTEN REVOLUTIONARY WAR BATTLE

  1. Jim

    Spanktown? Sounds kinky.

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