book cover Larry Kidder, author of A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a Regiment of New Jersey Militiamen in the American Revolution
militia reenactorsToday’s city of Trenton and the townships of Hopewell, Ewing, and Lawrence were part of Hunterdon County in 1776 and supplied men for the First Hunterdon County militia regiment. This illustrated lecture tells the story of these men and their families as they experienced the events of 1776 and defended New Jersey from the British army on Staten Island, fought alongside the Continental Army against the British on Long Island, Manhattan Island, and White Plains before joining in the retreat across New Jersey. These men then participated in the December 1776 campaign and the Ten Crucial Days of the battles of Trenton and Princeton. The individual experiences and contributions of these militiamen are a little known aspect of these well-known events. Local historian Larry Kidder’s lecture is based on the research for his book, A People Harassed and Exhausted: The Story of a Regiment of New Jersey Militiamen in the American Revolution.

Larry Kidder Larry Kidder is a retired history teacher who taught for seven years in Ewing Township and 32 years at The Hun School of Princeton. A veteran of the US Navy, in the 1980s he was the lead researcher and writer for the Admiral Arleigh Burke National Destroyermen’s Museum aboard the USS Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (DD 850) at Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts. For the past twenty-five years he has been a volunteer interpreter and historian for the Howell Living History Farm, part of the Mercer County Park System. His first book, The Pleasant Valley School Story: A Story of Education and Community in Rural New Jersey, won the 2013 scholarship and artistry award of the Country School Association of America. His third book, Farming Pleasant Valley: 250 Years of Life in Rural Hopewell Township, New Jersey was published in April 2014. Mr. Kidder has given a number of talks to local historical societies and community groups regarding his research and writing. One of his current volunteer endeavors is serving as coordinator for the Meet Your Revolutionary Neighbors project initiated by Crossroads of the American Revolution. For this project he is helping to produce short biographies of New Jersey residents who experienced the Revolution in a wide variety of ways and making the biographies available to teachers, students, and the general public through online and print resources.