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Cooper House 1742 (89K)
Capt. James B. Cooper House 1742
as recounted by

Bill Day

 

 

Revolutionary War
Haddonfield was never a battlefield during the Revolutionary War.  However, the town was the crossroads for many troop movements, and it was the stopping off spot for many whose names are well known in the history of the War.

In 1977, General Lafayette wrote a letter to General Washington, possibly while he was staying at the Indian King.  He described the attack on the outposts of Lord Cornwallis when the British had crossed the Delaware River in the area of Little Timber Creek near Westville.  He also sent Washington on another occasion a letter describing the Battle of Gloucester Point.

General Anthony Wayne also had his headquarters here in town when the British were in the vicinity.

Wagons passed through Haddonfield with loads of salt hay concealing sugar, molasses, salt, and other foods that were being smuggled up from the New Jersey coast via the Mullica River.  The wagons carried the materials through town to the market in Philadelphia.  Piles of clams in the wagons hid bags of coffee, sugar and boxes of tea.

When the British retreated from Philadelphia to New York, a route through Haddonfield was taken up to the Raritan River to the fleet that carried them to New York.

Count Dunlop, commanding officer of the Hessian troops, encamped on the Middletom farm on the day before the Battle of Red Bank back along Hopkins Pond.  The Count spent the night at John Gillís house, Greenfield Hall.  He was mortally wounded the next day and died soon after.  The Middleton farm is now the site of the High School.

Captain James B. Cooper, a Quaker, served with Colonel Lee during the Revolution.  His residence was a then standing brick house at 209 east Kings highway.  The Captain died at ninety-three, and to the consternation of many Quakers in town he was buried in the Friends Cemetery.

An often told story was about the broken tea cup that was in the old Kay residence on the Main street that reputedly had been broken by a Hessian soldier.

Another story was the bullet holes that were found when the old Middletown mansion was demolished to erect the High School.

With no battle being fought here, why the bullet holes, but they still made an interesting topic.


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