January 4, 2017

Local Author to Speak Rescuing the Revolution Subject of Jan. 7 Talk

Lawrence resident David Price will be giving a 10-minute talk about his book Rescuing the Revolution: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America’s War for Independence ($12, Knox Press) before the 55th annual Edward Hand March on January 7, 2017. The 10 a.m. talk about Hand, the Irish-born officer, will take place in the Lawrence Municipal Building. The Col. Hand March is open to the public.

A historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania, Mr. Hand has had three speaking engagements in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since November and to date has five more presentations scheduled in 2017. The 154-page book has already been reprinted prior to its official release. 

One of Price’s ten “unsung heroes” is Edward Hand, colonel of the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment that saw action in all three engagements of the Ten Crucial Days campaign. Each year, Lawrence resident William Agress and a troop of dedicated volunteers and living history enthusiasts recreate the pivotal delaying action of Col. Hand’s Pennsylvanians and other soldiers that slowed the advance of Gen. Charles Cornwallis’s 8,000 British and Hessian troops prior to the Battle of Assunpink Creek on January 2, 1777.

David Price leads guided tours at Washington Crossing Historic Park that focus on the “Ten Crucial Days” and other historical aspects of the park. He is a member of the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association, the Museum of the American Revolution, the Old Barracks Association, and the Princeton Battlefield Society. He holds degrees in political science from Drew University and Rutgers University, and was a nonpartisan research analyst with the New Jersey Legislature for 31 years.

For more information, call the Lawrence Township Recreation Department at (609) 844-7065.