Ned Hector: Revolutionary War hero

Ocean County Library and the Toms River branch of the NAACP will present Noah Lewis and his portrayal of Edward “Ned” Hector, a black Revolutionary War soldier in two library locations.

This dramatization of Hector’s participation in the Battle of Brandywine (Pennsylvania) will appear at the Long Beach Island branch (217 S. Central Av., Surf City) Saturday Feb. 5 at 2 p.m.

It will also appear at the Toms River branch (101 Washington St.) Saturday Feb. 19 at 2 p.m.  The Toms River program will be followed by a sampling of soul food.

Ned Hector was a teamster and artilleryman with Colonel John Proctor’s 3rd Pennsylvania Artillery Regiment. 

This unit was positioned near Chad’s Ford. Late in the afternoon of September 11th, 1777 the British and Hessians began to overrun the American positions on the east side of Brandywine Creek and the order was given to abandon the guns, wagons, and horses and “save yourself”.

Hector is reported to have said, “The enemy shall not have my team; I shall save my horses and myself.” He then grabbed up a stack of abandoned weapons threw them into his wagon and escaped with his wagon-the only salvage from his company.

Hector was never granted a pension as were many Continental soldiers. Finally, years later, a “grateful” Pennsylvania Legislature granted him a donation of $40 for his heroics.

Hector lived in the Norristown area where he died in 1834 at the age of 90. He was truly an unsung and unrewarded hero of the Battle of Brandywine.


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