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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3/13/2017: Forgotten but Critical Events of the Revolution at the Hawthorne Public Library

RiflemanMarch 13, 2017, 7:00 PM
Bob Mayers will speak at the  Hawthorne Public Library on the forgotten but critical events of the American Revolution in Central New Jersey that have been neglected by history and the Soldiers of Washington’s Army.
Louis Bay Library and Community Center
345 Lafayette Avenue
Hawthorne, NJ

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2/25/2017: The Critical Role of African Americans in Our Nation’s Most Important War


Bob Mayers will speak at the Bridgewater Public Library on The Forgotten American Revolution In New Jersey and the Critical Role of African Americans in Our Nation’s Most Important War at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 25th. Bob will also be available to sign copies of his books.
Bridgewater Public Library, One Vogh Drive, Bridgewater, NJ

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2/22/2017: Washington Campground Association – George Washington’s Birthday Party

BFS21122207-Bob-Pistol-SmBob Mayers will be participating in the celebration of George Washington’s Birthday with the Washington Campground Association at the Somerville Elks Club. Bob will discuss Searching For Yankee Doodle-Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution. He will also be signing copies of his book, of the same name. 
Somerville Elks Club, 375 Union Avenue, Bridgewater, N.J.

Other Upcoming Bob Mayers 2017 Events:

  • February 25, 2017, 2:00 PM, Bridgewater Public Library
  • March 5, 2017, 1:00PMPompton, Hub of the Revolution and  the Soldiers of Washington’s Army. The Dey Mansion, 199 Totowa Road, Wayne, New Jersey
  • March 13, 2017,  7:00 PM, Hawthorne Public Library
  • 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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