Battle of Bound Brook

Battle of Bound Brook (HMLKM)

Location: Bound Brook, NJ 08805 Somerset County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 33.623', W 74° 31.621'

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Opening Phase: 5:00 - 6:30 am ? April 13, 1777

Hessian Jaeger Captain Johann Von Ewald wrote the following account of the action on April 13, 1777.

"At daybreak I came upon an empty picket on this side of the stone causeway which led to Bound Brook through a marsh along the Raritan River for five or six hundred paces over two bridges.

The picket received us spiritedly and withdrew under a steady fire. I tried to keep as close as possible to the enemy to get across the causeway into town at the same time.

This succeeded to the extent that I arrived at the second bridge at a distance of a hundred paces from the redoubt which covered it and the flying bridge (Queen's Bridge).

The day dawned and I was exposed to murderous fire. When I looked around for men, I saw that no one had followed me except the brave Lieutenant Trautvetter, my hornblower Muller, Corporal Doernickel and the Jaegers Reichmeyer, Meister, Mergel, Hachell, Gurkel, Buchwald and Ruppel: the last two being severely wounded.

We had no choice but to lay down on the ground before the Bridge, whereupon I ordered "forward" sounded constantly. Luckily for us Colonel Donop's column appeared after a lapse of eight or ten minutes whereupon the Americans abandoned the Redoubt.

We arrived in town with the garrison of the redoubt amidst a hard running fight and the greater part were either cut down or captured."
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 540041 N 4490064
Decimal Degrees40.56038333, -74.52701667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 33.623', W 74° 31.621'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 33' 37.38" N, 74° 31' 37.26" W
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Area Code(s)732, 908, 848
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 121-199 Railroad Ave, Bound Brook NJ 08805, US
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