The "Battle of Bound Brook" was fought on April 13, 1777, when Lieutenant General Lord Charles Cornwallis launched a four-ronged attack on the village of Bound Brook. One account says it was an attempt to capture Major General Benjamin Lincoln and Brigadier General Anthony Wayne, who made their headquarters in the Philip Van Horne House another says it was a foraging run to get food supplies at Bound Brook needed by the starving British. (The Van Hornes, who had loyalist leanings, were enjoying the protection of the British in New Brunswick. American soldiers defeated the British under who fled back to New Brunswick.

Map by Johann Ewald depicting the Bound Brook area and the plan of attack. New Brunswick is at the bottom, and the Bound Brook outpost at the center. British movements are drawn in red.
Full resolution version at Wikipedia.
Source: Wikipedia

The 2nd week in April the Heritage Trail Association (732) 356-8856 sponsors a Battle of Bound Brook Event with a Ceremony at the Old Stone Bridge just N of the bridge between Bound Brook and S. Bound Brook. Battle Reenactment on grounds of Ukrainian Orthodox Church at Easton and Davidson Ave. in South Bound Brook.

Books and Articles:
Ewald, Johann; Tustin, Joseph P. (trans, ed) (1979). Diary of the American War: a Hessian Journal. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press. ISBN 0300021534.

Bloody Bound Brook and the lost Hessian Diary, Bob Mayers
The Revolutionary Detective | Robert Mayers, writer of the The War Man and The Forgotten Revolution

Battle of Bound Brook - Wikipedia
The Battle of Bound Brook at
Battle of Bound Brook Marker at The Historical Marker Database (
Revolutionary War Sites in South Bound Brook, New Jersey / South Bound Brook Historic Sites
The Battle of Boundbrook - History's little secret by Lincoln Bittner photographer
Battle of Bound Brook at
MiddleBrook Encampment

last updated 2 Feb 2011