American Revolution Podcast

ARP178 Hancock’s Bridge Massacre

December 6, 2020

Americans under General Anthony Wayne and Navel Captain John Barry engage in a series of raids along southern New Jersey.  Wayne's mission to seize cattle to bring back to the starving soldiers at Valley Forge. 

Barry helps Wayne get his force across the Delaware River, then tries to distract the British.  He ends up capturing and scuttling several British vessels.

In response, the British in Philadelphia deploy a force of several thousand soldiers to New Jersey.  They are unable to capture Wayne or Barry.  However, they do massacre members of the New Jersey militia, and destroy several farms in retaliation. 

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