Books on New Jersey Native Americans,
Colonial New Jersey & Military History
Bethel Indian Town; Its History
& Location Revealed; Brainerd’s Mission Among the Indians
David & John Brainerd were Presbyterian
missionaries to the Indians of the Northeast. The Delaware Indian mission experience
in New Jersey began at Crosswicks in 1745 and moved in 1746 to Bethel
(modern-day Monroe Township, Middlesex County)
and eventually to the Brotherton Reservation by 1760. This book explores the
history of Bethel during the era of the French & Indian War, and the discovery of its location
in the heart of New Jersey.
44 pages, maps, pictures, extensive notes.
Richard S. Walling; ISBN 0-9768719-1-2
From Indian Mills to Iron Forges;
The Colonial Industries of Spotswood, New Jersey;
Including a History of the Leonards, Johnstons & the Forge Company
Spotswood, New Jersey, was a center of iron manufacturing before and
during the American Revolution. What is not well known is that they were built
upon the two mills operated by Indian sachem Weequehela, a prominent Delaware
leader who was executed for the murder of his neighbor, Capt. John Leonard in 1727.
This book details the life of Weequehela, the arrival of the Leonard family in the area and the eventual transfer of
these lands to the Johnstons and the Forge Company by the time of the American Revolution.
The land was confiscated by Patriot authorities as the owners were Loyalists, and the property eventually developed
into the famous Spotswood Mills of the early 1800s.
66 pages, extensive illustrations and maps.
Richard S. Walling; ISBN 0-9768719-0-4
Patriots’ Blood; The Indian
Company of 1778 & Its Destruction in the Bronx
In 1778 George Washington called for the creation of a special military
command of Native Americans to fight alongside the Continental Army. The Indian
Company was formed in 1778 and saw extensive action in the Bronx no-mans land between the
two armies. After almost capturing John Simcoe of the Queens Rangers, the British
planned and executed an ambush of the Indian Company, known as the Stockbridge Indian Massacre. This book examines the cultural ties amongst the Algonquian Indians of the northeast, their military service
prior to 1778 and the formation of the Indian Company. The fateful day of August
31, 1778 is described by eyewitness accounts, and the location of the skirmish site and burial ground is presented. Appendices include the identification of over six hundred Native American soldiers of the Revolution.
61 pages, Foreword by Colin
Calloway; extensive illustrations with maps. Soft cover.
Richard S. Walling; ISBN 0-9768719-2-0
Men of Color at the Battle of
Monmouth; the role of African Americans & Native Americans at Monmouth
An award-winning account of the role of African
Americans & Native Americans at the largest battle of the American Revolution. Among
the 12,000 Continental soldiers who fought at Monmouth on June 28, 1778 were more than eight hundred men of color, who served
in completely integrated units in the cause of American freedom. This book looks
at the role of these men and the research necessary to identify the more than two hundred who are positively identified. “This is an impressive piece of detective work and a valuable contribution to
historical scholarship. I am glad to have it on my shelf,” Dr. James M. McPherson, Pulitzer-winning author & Professor of History, Princeton University.
40 pages with illustrations. Richard
S. Walling; ISBN 0-944413-29-3
The author is a noted historian of colonial and ethnic history centering on the
American Revolution and minority involvement in that war. He has been a featured
speaker at symposiums sponsored by the National Park Service, the Council on America’s Military Past, the New Jersey
Historical Commission, the Mashantucket Pequot Museum & Research Center and the New York State Department of Education.
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