Hackensack NJ, from the Bergen County Historical Society :
Hackensack NJ, The Revolutionary history of Bergen County and New Bridge does not end at the Retreat in 1776. In fact at least 11 engagements occur at the New Bridge and was a constant scene of activity during the war.
March 22, 1780. Word of a possible invasion has reached #Hackensack and a letter was penned to the Continental outpost located at #Paramus…We, the subscribers, magistrates, #sheriff and officers of militia…residing in Hackensack and its vicinity…make application to you for a detachment or party from your command to assist in protecting us and our neighbors, the well-affected inhabitants to the American cause against the incursions and depredations of small parties of the enemy and their vile abettors, the Refugees..
We are credibly informed that the enemy have in contemplation to make an attack and incursion on the inhabitants of Hackensack within five days..
The well-affected inhabitants, though willing to risk their persons in defense of their property, are too few in number….for the purpose of repelling the enemies’ parties or keeping up continued guards and scouts for their security…
Hendrick Kuyper and Peter Haring, Justices; Jacob Terhune and Isaac Vanderbeek, freeholders; Adam Boyd sheriff, Cornelius Haring, adjutant; and John Outwater, Samuel Demarest, Elias Romeyn, and David Demarest, militia captains.
War once again comes to #BergenCounty! March 23, 1780!
Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Hay, 10th Pennsylvania Regiment was stationed at Acquackanack Bridge and sent an message to Major General Baron Johann De Kalb at who was at Springfield:
This moment I have Inteligence that 400 of the Enemy Comd. by a Col. McPherson came to Hackensack last night & was to be Joyned by 400 more at the #NewBridge and are advancing now to Paramus. The Prisoners I have sent to the guard at Second River.
They have Burned the Court house and sundry other Houses.
I am Dear Genl. &c.
Saml. Hay Lt. Col