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Benevolent Patriot: The Life and Times of Henry Rutgers—Part Two: "I Have Bestowed My Mite": The Revolutionary War Years

David J. Fowler


After participating in three early battles in the Revolutionary War, Henry Rutgers served during the rest of the conflict in an administrative capacity as a muster master and recruiter. Like many officers and soldiers, toward the end of the war he became disenchanted with the politics of the army and of Congress. During these years he also suffered the loss of several family members and friends. In occupied New York City, meanwhile, the British inflicted considerable damage on the Rutgers Farm.

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