The Bound Brook Public Library is proud to present author and historian Robert Mayers, who will relate what happened in the Raritan Valley during the Revolutionary War. Bloody Bound Brook, the Forage Wars and Middlebrook- 1777
Mayers will offer his view on the Battle of Bound Brook and describe nearby battlefields, encampments and sites of many critical events of the War that have been lost or neglected by history and that are described in his latest book, Revolutionary New Jersey Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution. Little known British and Hessian accounts often reveal different details from those we have traditionally accepted as authentic.
Events such as the Battle of Millstone, the forage war in the Raritan Valley,the first Middlebrook encampment, the action at the Short Hills (Plainfield, Scotch Plains), and the march to Yorktown through central Jersey in 1781 are where our forefathers fought and died. They are often unmarked, shrouded in mystery, distorted by mythology and unknown even to local people. Man-made changes to terrain have obscured many of them. His book revives these forsaken locations in our area with research from original military records and on-site visits. Bob Mayers quest for these sites took many unexpected turns and analysis of obscure sources ignored by earlier writers yielded many surprises and unknown details.
Mayers is a storyteller, in the best sense of the word, and a dedicated historian and genealogist. The combination of talents serves him well as an author. Mayers, who lives in New Jersey, previously published book, “The War Man,” is the biography of Corporal John Allison, who fought all eight years of the Revolutionary War. He also authored the “Allison/Mayers Family History — The Portrait of an American Family,” covers 600 years of the family’s history. He is an active member of several historical societies and a frequent speaker and contributor to publications. He has spoken at West Point and the Pentagon and has recently featured on Comcast TV and published in the History Channel Magazine and Garden State Legacy. He served as a combat officer in the Navy and Marine Corps. His military experiences provide him with a deeper perspective of the battles depicted in his works.
The Bound Brook Public library welcomes you to this free event at 402 E. High Street, Bound Brook N.J. 08805 at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Other upcoming events:
11/8/2018: Bob Mayers will speak at the Westfield Genealogy Society.
11/10/2018: Bob Mayers will speak at a meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Huddy Chapter (DAR)