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River Vale in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The British General

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, May 23, 2008
1. The British General Marker
Inscription. In September 1778, British commanders sent huge foraging parties up both sides of the Hudson River, stripping the local farms of their autumn harvest and livestock. Washington’s forces in the area were seriously outnumbered, but he sent small bodies of soldiers to harass and gain intelligence on British troops. Among them were the Third Continental Light Dragoons under the command of Lt. Col. George Baylor.

“No-Flint” Grey
The British division
commanded by General Cornwallis included troops lead by General Charles “No-Flint” Grey. Grey, a veteran of Britain’s war with France, was almost fifty years old when he came to America to fight against the rebels. He had fought at Germantown, and in the fall of 1778, he was fresh from successful raiding parties at Bedford, Massachusetts, and Martha’s Vineyard.

Grey had earned his nickname one year earlier on September 21, 1777 at Paoli, Pennsylvania. General Anthony Wayne had positioned American troops for a strike against the British. British intelligence discovered Wayne’s plan, and Major General Grey was sent to launch a night attack against him.

Grey ordered his troops to remove the flints from their guns so they would not accidentally fire and alarm the Americans. Shortly after midnight, they struck. Without flints, they
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By Bill Coughlin, May 23, 2008
2. Markers in Baylor Massacre Park
were forced to use their bayonets to attack. The bloody assault against American troops surprised them from their sleep and left 150 American soldiers dead. Now, one year later, “No-Flint” Grey’s troops were again ordered out into the night.

“No soldier of [Grey’s] column was suffered to load, those who would not draw [unload] their pieces took out the flints…It was represented so the men that firing discovered us to the enemy, hid them from us, killed our friends and produced a confusion favorable to the escape of the Rebels.”
Major John Andre Journal September 20, 1777


“They [the British] are present busily employed in foraging in Bergen County and between Kings Bridge and the Plains. These parties obstruct our communication with the City, and have rendered it very difficult to obtain intelligence for some days past.”
George Washington to General Sullivan, September 27, 1778

 
Erected by Bergen County.
 
Location. 41° 0.787′ N, 74° 0.511′ W. Marker is in River Vale, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is at the intersection of Red Oak Drive and Rivervale Road, on the right when traveling east on Red Oak Drive. Click for map. Marker
Baylor Massacre Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 23, 2008
3. Baylor Massacre Markers
Several wayside markers are located in this park. The British General marker is the third from the left in the photo. The Baylor Dragoons Memorial Committee Monument can be seen in front of the other markers.
is in Baylor Massacre Park. Marker is in this post office area: Westwood NJ 07675, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Night of “Savage Cruelty” (here, next to this marker); “The Baylor Massacre” (here, next to this marker); The Third Continental Light Dragoons (here, next to this marker); The Price of Freedom: A Patriot’s Grave (here, next to this marker); Propaganda: The Mighty Pen (here, next to this marker); 200 Years Later (here, next to this marker); Baylor Massacre Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Gravesite (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in River Vale.
 
More about this marker. The marker features an engraving of “General Charles ‘No-Flint’ Grey (1729-1807)” from the Library of Congress, and a painting by Xavier della Gatta of “The Paoli Massacre” Gousche on paper, 1782, courtesy of the Valley Forge Historical Society.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers tell the story of the Baylor Massacre of September 28, 1778.
 
Also see . . .  OVERKILL: Revolutionary War Reminiscences of River Vale.
Soldiers Graves image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 23, 2008
4. Soldiers Graves
Six of the soldiers killed at the Baylor Massacre are buried at this site, located a short distance from the marker.
Bergen County Historical Society. (Submitted on June 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Baylor Dragoons Memorial Committee Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 23, 2008
5. Baylor Dragoons Memorial Committee Monument
200 Years Later we remember
September 28, 1978
Baylor Massacre Burial Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 23, 2008
6. Baylor Massacre Burial Site
The marker is located in this Bergen County Historical Site on Red Oak Drive, in River Vale, NJ.
 
 
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