Harford History

November 11, 2007

Harford troops in 1776

On Nov. 16, 1776, troops from Harford County participated in perhaps their most important engagement of the Revolutionary War.

It took place at Fort Washington on the Hudson River in New York. Col. Moses Rawlings was sent with a regiment of Maryland riflemen to reinforce the fort. The garrison of 2,000 men engaged in bloody warfare with the British. After several hours that resulted in heavy losses on both sides, the Americans were forced to retreat.

A roster of the 1st Company of Maryland riflemen includes Harford men Alexander Lawson Smith, captain; William Bradford, lieutenant; John Thompson, sergeant; Matthew Alexander, sergeant; Joshua Saunders, sergeant; Isaac Rose, corporal; John Howe, corporal; and Thomas Lively, fifer.

A complete listing of members enrolled in Harford County companies in compliance with the recommendation of the Maryland Provincial Assembly is found in History of Harford County by Walter W. Preston.

[Source: Our Harford Heritage by C. Milton Wright. Research by Harford County Public Library.]

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