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Members of our Chapter met at Chestnut Neck recently with David and Tricia Johnston. David is President of the Stephen Holston Chapter, TNSSAR and is descended from one of “our” Privateer Captains, Joseph Edwards, Captain of the Luck and Fortune.

 

Despite the ferocious, seagull sized mosquitoes, David and Tricia took the time to get familiar with the site. It was David’s first visit to South Jersey. We then adjourned to a much friendlier atmosphere, but still historic Smithville Village. At Fred and Ethel’s over coffee and iced tea, we had a chance to compare notes on our two Chapters. David announced that he would honor us by applying for a dual membership with Col. Richard Somers Chapter.

 

Norm Goos and Earl Cain went on an adventure a few weeks ago to find a place called Petticoat Bridge. And, they found it. It is about a mile off Rt. 206 near Columbus, NJ and is the site of an important event that took place December 23rd, 1776. A group of about 600 NJ Militia fooled the British/Hessians into thinking they were a group of about 3000 and were going to attack Trenton from the East. They drew a large force of Hessians away from the Trenton area and helped assure that General Washington’s attack on Christmas was successful. My Patriot was at the battle and was subsequently wounded.

 

Local “historian”, Rob Reid is working on getting copies of the Chestnut Neck “map” made. He has an amazing map collection and will also provide the Chapter with a copy of two extremely old (1600’s) South Jersey maps. Rob is also helping find copies of Rev. period flags for our museum area in Chestnut Neck.

 

Plan’s to photograph an amazing mural; being donated to our Chapter, is underway. A friend and professional photographer, John Shields from Port Republic, will be examining it in the near future. John photographed our memorial service last October at Chestnut Neck and presented the Chapter with the 200 fantastic photos of the event that many of you have seen. We hope that John can capture it. You will all want a copy.