British infantry claimed as their own this past weekend as the Bergen County Historical Society presented "Bergen County: The War of Outposts, March 23, 1780."
Throughout the weekend members of His Majesty’s 22nd Regiment of Foot and Loyalist 4th Battalion, NJ Volunteers, performed the day-to-day duties of soldiers, such as sewing, leatherwork, musket maintenance and military drills.
While the soldiers were showing off their skills, River Edge resident and New Jersey historian Kevin Wright presented a Power Point program on Saturday about "Historic New Bridge: The Bridge That Saved a Nation."
On Sunday, a lecture was held on the British daybreak attack against the Continental outpost at Paramus Church in Ridgewood on March 23, 1780, when British and German troops en route burned the Bergen County Courthouse and home of Sheriff Adam Boyd in Hackensack, converged on 300 Continental troops stationed around Paramus Church and in Ho-Ho-Kus, and then fought a rear-guard battle at New Bridge in River Edge, New Milford and Teaneck.
Dr. Henry Bischoff, Todd Braisted, Donald M. Londahl-Smidt, Peggy Norris, Deborah Powell, Joseph Suplicki and Kevin Wright presented their collaborative work to date on the first installment of a Revolutionary War Guidebook to Bergen County, featuring old and new research into maps, military reports, journals, pension applications, newspaper and eye-witness accounts that trace the routes of the raiders and the scenes of battle action for this important episode in the frigid winter of 1779-80, known as the War of Outposts.