May 14, 2022 – Bob Mayers Speaks in Bridgewater

Bob Mayers will speak about his book, Middlebrook, The Revolutionary War Encampment that Saved America on Sunday, May 14th at 2PM – 3PM.

The Revolutionary War encampments of George Washington’s Continental Army at Middlebrook and nearby Pluckemin, New Jersey, have been neglected in history. These places were critical to the American struggle during the Middle Atlantic campaigns. Bob will discuss the details of these vital encampments.

Somerset County Library System,
Bridgewater branch
1 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater Township, NJ 08807

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May 1, 2022 – Bob Mayers at the Textier House

Historian and author Bob Mayers will speak to readers and sign his book, Historic Tales of Watchung, which highlights a range of historic event which occurred in the town of Watchung.
Sunday, May 1, 2022, 2-4PM
Texier House (on the Watchung Circle)
10 Mountain Boulevard
Watchung, NJ

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2/22/2022: “Middlebrook – The Revolutionary War Campground that Saved America”

Bob Mayers will speak about Middlebrook, the Revolutionary War Campground that Saved America on Tuesday, Feburary 22, 2022, 6 PM at the Somerville Elks Lodge, 375 Union Ave, Bridgewater, NJ.

Schedule:
6:00 PM – Seating – Music
6:30 PM – Welcome, Business Meeting (election of officers, …)
7:00 PM – Entertainment by “Liberty Tree” = Songs of the Revolutionary Era
7:30 PM – Dinner Buffet & Desert
8:00 PM – Historical Talk: Bob Mayers “Middlebrook – The Revolutionary War Campground that Saved America”
Dinner: $20 members, $25 non-members
Contact Phil at 1-732-469-6453

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Upcoming Signing Events – Fall 2021

Saturday October 9, 2021, 10:00 am – 5:00pm
Book signing, house tours – Bob Mayers “Historic Tales of Watchung
Texier House (on the Watchung Circle)
10 Mountain Boulevard
Watchung, NJ

Sunday, October 10, 2021, 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Book Signing and house tours – Bob Mayers “Middlebrook, The Revolutionary War Campground That Saved America” book
The Jacobus Vanderveer House
3055 River Road Park
Bedminster, NJ 07921

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American History Press announces August release date for Middlebrook- the Revolutionary Encampment that Saved America.

MiddlebrookCover-300x432Middlebrook — The Revolutionary War Encampment the Saved America

To published on August 15, 2021

The Revolutionary War encampments of George Washington’s Continental Army at Middlebrook and nearby Pluckemin, New Jersey, have been neglected in history. This places were critical to the American struggle during the Middle Atlantic campaigns. The highlands and surrounding valleys of this natural fortress was the location of two major encampments of Washington’s Continental Army. A harrowing seven weeks during the early summer of 1777, and during the entire winter of 1778-1779. What is astonishing is the American Army spent close to nine months here, yet this hub of the American Revolution languished in obscurity and virtually disappeared from national awareness for over 200 years.

The campground served as the center of operations for American forces through much of the war and during many of its darkest hours. Most significant is that at Middlebrook, during the winter of 1778-1779, the raw American Army matured into a cohesive fighting power capable of defeating the British forces regarded at the time as the best trained and equipped army in the world.  Unlike Valley Forge and Jockey Hollow, that have been so eulogized that they are familiar to most school children, this sacred land, where decisive events occurred that changed the course of the war, is now built over by suburban creep, rarely marked, shrouded in mystery and mythology and fading from memory

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Bob Mayers to Speak at Somerset County Library

Author and historian Robert Mayers will speak on the “Forgotten Revolutionary Battlefields of Somerset County” at the Somerset County Library on July 1st at  7:00pm. This looks to be a great event. And it’s open to the public.
Somerset Co. Library
1 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, N.J.

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Mayers Speaks to Hackettstown Historical Society

Hackettstown Historical Society – American Legion
494 Willow Grove
Hackettestown, N.J.
Tuesday, March 5, 7:30 PM

 Searching for Yankee Doodle-Washington’s Common Soldiers in the American Revolution

Author and Historian Bob Mayers explores the vastly different opinions have been offered over the years by historians concerning the true image of the most essential  element  of the War for Independence-the common foot soldier. 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. 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.

Who exactly were they and what inspired them to endure appalling hardships during the most critical time in American history? Reading their words and tracking their actions day to day brings these soldiers to life. We can experience their emotions and exposes the attitudes and behavior of these valiant warriors.  Mayers unravels the lives of the “grunts,”  “doughboys” and “GIs” of our most important war. He has been able to salvage information that for more than two centuries since the Revolution ended  has been a daunting challenge for other historians.

Mayers many works on the Revolutionary War are based on his on-site experience and primary sources combined with the discovery of original documents and oral accounts passed down in his family through many generations. His works include

“Searching for Private Yankee Doodle” George Washington’s common soldiers, the men of the Continental Army. Who were they and what inspired them to endure appalling hardships?

The Forgotten Revolution”  and Revolutionary New Jersey, Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution cover  battlefields, encampments and sites of many critical events of the War that have been lost or neglected by history.

The War Man”  is a true account of a soldier in the Continental Army who served for the entire eight years of the American Revolution.

Mayers 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 been 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 campaigns and battles depicted in his works.

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Bob Mayers to Speak at Washington Campground Assn.

Bob Mayers will speak at the Annual Meeting of the Washington Campground Association. The program and buffet dinner is to celebrate Washington’s Birthday. The event will be at 6PM at the Somerville Elks Lodge at 375 Union Avenue in Bridgewater, NJ. Bob’s topic will be “Middlebrook-The Revolutionary War Campground that saved America.

Mayers was lost and stumbling through the thick woods atop the first Watchung ridge above Route 22, in Bridgewater, at the site of Washington’s 1777 Revolutionary War Middlebrook Campground. He was searching for a rocky lookout used by General George Washington. This location was lost in history, but Mayers found a record of it in a 1785 British account.

Open to the public
Dinner: $20 members, $25 non-members
Payable to: WCGA Luncheon
Mail to: Phil Schuyler, 913 W. Meadow Dr., Bound Brook, NJ 08805

Agenda:
6:00 PM – Seating – Music
6:30 PM – Welcome, Business Meeting (election of officers, …)
7:00 PM – Entertainment 18th Century songs by “Spiced Punch”
7:30 PM – Dinner Buffet & Desert
8:00 PM – Historical Talk: “Middlebrook-The Revolutionary War Campground that saved America”

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Murder on the Millstone

 Murder on the Millstone — Somerset County,  the Raritan Valley and Manville — Crossroads of the Revolution-1777 

When: Saturday, Dec. 1  1:00 PM
Where:  Manville Library, 101 South 10th Avenue, Manville, NJ

Historian Robert Mayers, Author of Revolutionary New Jersey-Forgotten Towns and Crossroads of the American Revolution will relate the critical events in the Somerset County area during the Revolutionary War.  The fierce battles of Millstone, Bound Brook and the Short Hills (Plainfield,  Scotch Plains),  the bloody forage wars in the Raritan Valley when ravenous Redcoats ravaged the countryside and created a reign of terror,  the Middlebrook encampments that saved America (Bridgewater and Martinsville), and the entire Continental Army swept  through central Jersey on the way to Yorktown. This action all  swirled around what is now the Borough of Manville.

Most of these places are  unmarked, shrouded in mystery, distorted by mythology and unknown even to local people. Man-made changes to terrain have obscured many of them. Mayers will revive these forsaken locations  with research from original military records and on-site exploration and analysis of obscure sources ignored by earlier writers. Little known British and Hessian  accounts often reveal different details from those we have traditionally accepted as authentic.

Mayers,  published books include “The War Man,”  the biography of  a soldier, who fought all eight years of the Revolutionary War, The Forgotten Revolution and Searching for Private Yankee Doodle –Washington’s Soldiers.

He is an active member of several historical societies and a frequent speaker and contributor to publications and has spoken at West Point and the Pentagon. He  has been recently featured on Comcast TV and published in the History Channel Magazine and Garden State Legacy. Mayers 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.

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Bob Mayers Speaks to the DAR

Bob Mayers will speak on Sunday 11/18/2018 at a meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Huddy Chapter (DAR) at Captain’s Inn, 304 E. Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ.

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 and State Militia. But exactly who were they and what inspired them to endure such appalling hardships. For over 200 years, Americans had the wrong idea.

Author and historian Bob Mayers has searched obscure archived documents and little known British, Hessian and Loyalist records to bare many facts that challenge accounts traditionally accepted as authentic.   He discovered that the image of the American soldier was sanitized for more than two centuries. The fighting men of the Revolution were incorrectly portrayed as zealously patriotic citizen-soldiers who were landowning farmers and part-time combatants

Searching for Yankee Doodle-Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution tracks these soldiers’ lives, day to day, and follows their own words from diaries. This brings them to. life so we can comprehend why their motivation and behavior won the war. There are few studies devoted to unraveling the lives of the “grunts,”  “doughboys” or “GIs” of our most important war. For most of America’s history, little was known about the identities of these men, why they fought and how the war affected their lives.

A handful of these soldiers was identified by their exploits in battle, but most only appear as  names on lists of thousands of others compiled by each state. The valiant Yankee Doodles remained elusive figures who appear briefly in these military records and then quickly vanish. When the war ended the marvelous Continental Army and Militia units were  disbanded and returning veterans were neither honored nor rewarded and were virtually disregarded.

Mayers reveals a fresh portrait of the foot soldiers of the American Revolution. His examination of their motivations, personal lives and experiences before, during, and after the war is a compelling story.

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