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This series of markers tell the story of the Baylor Massacre of September 28, 1778.
 
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By Bill Coughlin, May 23, 2008
Markers in Baylor Massacre Park
New Jersey (Bergen County), River Vale — “The Baylor Massacre”September 28, 1778
Late one night in 1778, the woods you are standing in suddenly echoed with the sounds of battle. A surprise attack by British soldiers nearly destroyed an American regiment, Baylor’s 3rd Continental Light Dragoons. Today, this park tells the story . . . — Map (db m8455) HM
New Jersey (Bergen County), River Vale — The Third Continental Light Dragoons
Washington’s army marched mostly on its feet. But the General also formed four “regiments of horse,” the Continental Light Dragoons. Although costly to maintain, the Light Dragoons performed a valuable service. They provided a way . . . — Map (db m8471) HM
New Jersey (Bergen County), River Vale — The British General
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 . . . — Map (db m8456) HM
New Jersey (Bergen County), River Vale — A Night of “Savage Cruelty”September 28, 1778
The evening of September 27, 1778, found Baylor’s Dragoons settling for the night near this site. The neighborhood’s name, Overkill, came from the small bridge “Over de kill”, a kill being a creek or river to the Jersey Dutch . . . — Map (db m8454) HM
New Jersey (Bergen County), River Vale — The Price of Freedom: A Patriot’s Grave
The Aftermath Imagine the scene in the early morning daylight of the morning of September 28, 1778 at Overkill: . American soldiers were dead, wounded and missing. Some escaped, others were British captives. . Major Charles Clough lay dying. . . . — Map (db m8472) HM
New Jersey (Bergen County), River Vale — Propaganda: The Mighty Pen
The American army may have had trouble supplying its soldiers and keeping them fit for fighting, but in one way the Americans were superior: their propaganda writers were experts at whipping up anti-British feelings. An incident like the Baylor . . . — Map (db m8474) HM

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