September 23, 2018, Bob Mayers to Speak at the Heritage Trail Association

Bob Mayers will speak at the Heritage Trail Association on Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 2:00pm at the Van Horne House, 941 East , Main Street, Bridgewater N.J. 08807

Greater Somerset County –Hub of the American Revolution

Earlier this year Bob Mayers discovered another Washington Rock and found many other fascinating places and facts while researching for his new book Revolutionary New Jersey-Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution.

Many places in the Somerset County area where Patriots fought and died are unmarked, shrouded in mystery, clouded in mythology or concealed by obscure accounts and dull statistics. Mayers will visit the forage war and the fierce engagements at Bound Brook, The Short Hills and Van Nest’s Mill as well as the First Middlebrook Encampment, Samptown and Quibbletown. He found that geography here was the pervading element that determined the location of all of the action. The natural defenses here provided by the Raritan and Millstone Rivers and the Watchung Mountains influenced troop movements, battle sites, supply routes and the flow of action during this critical time.

Residents who drive every day over heavily trafficked streets are completely unaware of the fierce struggles that occurred along their familiar routes. Many sites have entirely disappeared or have been built over by towns and highways. Mayers has explored these forsaken locations in person then enhanced his observations with fresh research from original documents, often discovered in obscure British, Hessian and French records. We predict that you will acquire a new respect for the Revolutionary War events that took place locally and in some instances in your own backyard.

Learn more: www.heritagetrail.com
Contact Cynthia Blumenkrantz at blumenkrantz@heritagetrail.org

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9/22/2018: Book Signing and Discussion by Bob Mayers on his new book, Revolutionary New Jersey, Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution

Bob Mayers joins over a dozen authors at the New Providence Book Festival on Saturday, September 22, 2018, 9am to 3pm at the Salt Box Museum, 1350 Springfield Avenue, New Providence N. J. (Rain date September 29)

Author and historian Bob Mayers is known as the “Revolutionary Detective” and for good reason. What began decades ago as a mild curiosity about an ancestor evolved into a fulltime pursuit of Revolutionary War history. While this may seem like a field that has been exhausted over the last two centuries, Bob has uncovered treasure troves of overlooked information. Some of his sources include pension records for Continental veterans. Letters from British, French and German soldiers were also particularly useful.

“Unlike our Patriot soldiers,” Mayers explains, “foreign soldiers found America more exotic, certainly something to write home about.” This was useful for his latest book, Revolutionary New Jersey, which focuses on activities in New Jersey. “Washington and his troops spent more time in New Jersey than any other state,” Mayers says. “So it’s worthy of our attention.”

His research has even created some controversy. He claims to have discovered another Washington Rock at the Middlebrook Campground, where General Washington spent more time observing British troops 30 miles away at Sandy Hook than he did at the traditionally recognized site in Greenbrook, NJ. Using a sketch from the 1800s, Mayers traipsed the countryside and discovered the site in Martinsville. While many people may be indifferent, this has created a controversy in the Revolutionary War historical community. Revolutionary New Jersey available from American History Press. All of Bob’s books are available on Amazon. Pls add s also

Learn More about this event at NewProvidenceBookFestival.com. Open to all visitors, free of charge.

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September 16, 2018: Bob Mayers to Speak at New Jersey Sons of the American Revolution

Bob Mayers will speak at the New Jersey Society of Sons of the American Revolution on Sunday September 16, 2018 at 1:30pm, at the Iron Horse Restaurant, 20 Washington Avenue, Westwood, N.J. 07675

Searching for Yankee Doodle

The people most responsible for achieving America’s independence by winning the Revolutionary War were George Washington’s foot soldiers, the men of the Continental Army. Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution. Who exactly were they? What inspired them to endure appalling hardships during the most critical time in American history? Many different opinions have been offered over the years by historians about the common foot soldiers, the “grunts,” “doughboys” and “GIs” of the Continental Army.

Historian and author Robert A. Mayers unravels their lives, and offers a true image of the Yankee Doodles. He has published many works on the Revolutionary War and is an active member of several historical societies. Mayers has spoken at West Point and the Pentagon. His military experiences (as a combat officer in the Navy and Marine Corps) provide him with deep perspective of the campaigns and battles depicted in his works.

To learn, visit http://www.firstmountain.org or contact Phillip Berg at (201) 438-1030 or phils86@aol.com

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June 16, 2018 – Bob Mayers Launches New Book at Washington Rock Ceremony

On Saturday, June 16, 2018, starting at 11:00am, a ceremony to commemorate the rediscovery and to dedicate Washington Rock at Middlebrook will be held at the rock adjacent to The Eagle’s Nest Museum at 791 Miller Lane in Martinsville, NJ.  At the event author and historian Robert A. Mayers will announce the release of his new book: Revolutionary New Jersey: Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution, which is published by American History Press.

Admission is free and open to all.
Complimentary refreshments

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4/15/2018: Bob Mayers Delivers Keynote at Living History Weekend

Bob Mayers will deliver the keynote address at the Living History Weekend to commemorate the Battle of Bound Brook in April, 1777.  This exciting and historic weekend will include a reenactment of the battle and a program exploring the American Revolutionary War during the Battle and the foraging wars.

Sunday, April 15 at 1:00 pm, Bob will speak on “Searching for Yankee Doodle-Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution” followed by a book signing on the grounds of the Staats House, 17 von Steuben Lane, South Bound Brook, N.J. This event is free and open to the public.

The people most responsible for achieving America’s independence by winning the Revolutionary War were George Washington’s foot soldiers, the men of the Continental Army. Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution. Who exactly were they? What inspired them to endure appalling hardships during the most critical time in American history? Many different opinions have been offered over the years by historians about the common foot soldiers, the “grunts,” “doughboys” and “GIs” of the Continental Army.

Historian and author Robert A. Mayers unravels their lives, and offers a true image of the Yankee Doodles. He has published many works on the Revolutionary War and is an active member of several historical societies. Mayers has spoken at West Point and the Pentagon. His military experiences (as a combat officer in the Navy and Marine Corps) provide him with deep perspective of the campaigns and battles depicted in his works.

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March 6, 2018 – Bob Mayers to Speak at Hackettstown Historical Society

RiflemanBob Mayers will speak at the Hackettstown Historical Society on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 7:30pm at American Legion Post 494, Willow Grove.

The people most responsible for achieving America’s independence by winning the Revolutionary War were George Washington’s foot soldiers, the men of the Continental Army. Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution. Who exactly were they? What inspired them to endure appalling hardships during the most critical time in American history? Many different opinions have been offered over the years by historians about the common foot soldiers, the “grunts,” “doughboys” and “GIs” of the Continental Army.

Historian and author Robert A. Mayers unravels their lives, and offers a true image of the Yankee Doodles. He has published many works on the Revolutionary War and is an active member of several historical societies. Mayers has spoken at West Point and the Pentagon. His military experiences (as a combat officer in the Navy and Marine Corps) provide him with deep perspective of the campaigns and battles depicted in his works.

Free & Open to the Public
Refreshments will be served.

Learn more at http://www.hackettstownhistory.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hackettstownhistoricalsociety

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Robert Mayers to Speak at Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend

Revolutionary War historian and author Robert Mayers will be the guest speaker at Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend at the Deserted Village on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Mayers, who plans to discuss Gen. George Washington’s troop movements in the Watchung Mountains, among other topics, will speak at 1 p.m. at Masker’s Barn.  His talk will be followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

“We are fortunate to have an author of Mayers’ caliber come to talk with Union County residents about the history in their backyard,” said Freeholder Bette Jane Kowalski.

“When the County created the Battle of the Short Hills Historic Trail several years ago,” Kowalski said, “we recognized the route Washington’s retreating forces took up what is now New Providence Road–just to the west of where everyone will be listening to Mayers’ presentation.”

Mayers’ book, Searching for Yankee Doodle, examines the lives of the common foot soldiers who fought for American independence.

“For most of America’s history, little was known about the identity of these men, why they fought and how the war affected their lives,” Mayers said. “A few were known for their exploits in battle, but most Yankee Doodles appear only on lists of thousands of shadowy names published by each state.”

“Yet the men of the Continental Army were the people most responsible for achieving America’s independence,” he said. During the course of his years of research into the lives of the “grunts,” Mayers said the research was daunting, but worth it.

“When you  read their words and learn more about their daily lives,  these soldiers lose their anonymity,” he said.

The Deserted Village is located on Cataract Hollow Road, off Glenside Avenue in Berkeley Heights.  Those planning to attend Mayers’ talk should arrive early, either to walk to the barn or wait for a haywagon and ride the ¼-mile to the facility.

Four Centuries In A Weekend, when historic sites across the County are open for the weekend, is coordinated by Union County’s Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs. For more information, go to ucnj.org/4C.

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June 22, 2017:  Bob Mayers to talk at Historic Society of Highlands

Bob will talk about “Lost Opportunities on the Highway to Hell- Monmouth Courthouse to Sandy Hook, June 1778 and the Soldiers of Washington’s Army – June 1778.”

After of the Battle of Monmouth the entire British Army left their wounded behind and retreated 20 miles from Freehold through several Monmouth County towns, to be evacuated from Sandy Hook. Why was their plodding, vulnerable, miles long wagon train allowed to pass without major disruption by Patriot forces? Bob will also describe the common soldiers of the American Army during the Revolutionary War as depicted in his new book Searching For Yankee Doodle.

Historic Society of Highlands
Highlands Community Center
22 Snug Harbor Ave.,
Highlands N.J.

7:00 PM. Free and open to the public. 

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Two Bob Mayers Events This Week

Hope you can join Bob Mayers, Author, historian at these two great events:

  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017,  7 PM: The Forgotten Revolution in the Watchung Mountains and the Soldiers of Washington’s Army.
    Warren Township Public Library, 47 Mountain Blvd, Warren, NJ
  • Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7 PM, Searching for Private Yankee Doodle-The Common Soldiers of Washington’s Army.
    Phillipsburg Area Historical Society, Roseberry House, 540 Warren St. Phillipsburg, NJ. Free and open to the public.
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3/28/2017: Searching For Yankee Doodle, Mendham Historical Society

Bob Mayers will speak at the Mendham Historical Society on
Searching For Yankee Doodle-Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution.
Garrabrant Center
Four Wilson Street
Mendham Borough, N.J.
March 28, 2017, 7:30 PM

Other Upcoming Events:

  • April 2, 2017, Daughters of the American Revolution-Morristown Chapter, Schuyler Hamilton House, 5 Olyphant Place, Morristown, NJ
  • April 13, 7:15 PM, NJ American Revolution Roundtable 
    Washington’s Headquarters Museum, 30 Washington Place, Morristown, NJ
  • April 23, 2:00 PM, Jefferson Township Public Library, Oak Ridge, NJ
  • May 17, 7:00 PM, Warren Township Public Library
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