SOMERVILLE – Joseph Wroblewski, Ed. D. will talk about the Queen’s Rangers and their role in the American War Of Independence at the Wallace House and Old Dutch Parsonage Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Old Dutch Parsonage in Somerville from 4-6 p.m.
Wroblewski is a member of the N.J. Historical Commission’s committee planning for the observance of the 350th Anniversary of the founding of New Jersey next year.
During the American War of Independence, the British Army authorized the raising of a number of regiments from the colonial population who remained loyal to the Crown. Colonel Robert Rogers, a celebrated officer in the earlier French-Indian War, formed the Queen’s Rangers in New York in August 1776. It was named in honor of Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III.
Rogers, due to personal problems, resigned and eventually the Regiment came under the command of an Englishman, Major John Simcoe. The Queen’s Rangers fought in the pitched battles of Brandywine, Germantown and Monmouth and continued to be engaged in patrols, skirmishes and raids throughout the Delaware Valley from Philadelphia and Bucks County to across the river from Salem in Southern New Jersey; on to Perth Amboy and Springfield in North Jersey.
In 1780 the Rangers were transferred to the Southern Theater of Operations and were present at the British surrender at Yorktown. Following the surrender at Yorktown, the Regiment eventually took up land grants in New Brunswick (Canada) and were later reconstituted to help build what is now Toronto. The Regiment survives today as part of the Canadian military as the Queen’s York Rangers, and is still practicing their original function as a reconnaissance unit.
A brief business meeting will precede Dr. Wroblewski’s talk. New members welcomed for 2014. Dues are $20 for seniors and students, $30 for individuals and $40 for families. 2013 members will be admitted without charge.
Site parking will be available at 71 Somerset Street.
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