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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11/19/2016 – Bob Mayers at the New Jersey Mayflower Society.

Bob Mayers will speak at the New Jersey Mayflower Society luncheon on November 19th at 12:45 PM. Bob’s topic will be “Forgotten but Critical Events of the Revolution in Central New Jersey That Have Been Neglected by History and the Soldiers of Washington’s Army.”
Suburban Country Club, 1730 Morris Avenue, Union N.J.

Other Upcoming Bob Mayers Events:

  • February 22, 2017  6:00 PM,  George Washington’s Birthday Party – Sponsored by the Washington Campground Association. Bridgewater, N.J.
  • February 25, 2017, 2:00 PM, Bridgewater Public Library
  • March 13, 2017,  7:00 PM, Hawthorne Public Library
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11/18/2016 – Bob Mayers at Sons of the American Revolution

Bob Mayers will discuss the topic of his recent book, Searching For Yankee Doodle-Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution, at the Sons of the American Revolution, Westfields Chapter. The event begins at 8:00 PM at the Westfield Municipal Building,  425 E. Broad Street, Westfield, N.J.

Other Upcoming Bob Mayers Events:

  • November 19, 2016, 12:30 pm, Society of Mayflower Descendants. Suburban Country Club, Union, NJ
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10/30/2016 – Bob Mayers to Speak at Fishkill

RiflemanAuthor and historian Bob Mayers will be part of a full-day program, sponsored by the Friends of the Fishkill Supply Depot. Bob topic will be “Who Were The Common Soldiers of the Continental Army that served at Fishkill and Defended the Hudson River Valley?” The men who lived and died at Fishkill and participated in the turbulent wartime events along the vital waterway were the privates of the Continental Army and local farmers of the county militias who joined them at critical times. Bob examines their lives and their motivations in his new book, Searching for Yankee Doodle -Washington’s Soldiers in the American Revolution. This educational program will be at Hyatt House in Fishkill, Register by email wrmarsch@optimum.net.

Future Bob Mayers Events:

  • November 18, 2016, 8:00 pm, Sons of the American Revolution, Westfield, N.J.
  • November 19 2016, 12:30 pm, Society of Mayflower Descendants. Suburban Country Club, Union, NJ
  • February 22, 2017  6:00 pm,  George Washington’s Birthday Party – Sponsored by the Washington Campground Association. Bridgewater, N.J.
  • February 25, 2017, 2:00 pm, Bridgewater Public Library
  • March 13 2017,  7:00 pm, Hawthorne Public Library
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