Revolutionary War dramatization at 4 OCL branches

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TOMS RIVER –   The Ocean County Library will present actor and author Noah Lewis in his portrayal of Edward “Ned” Hector, a black Revolutionary War soldier, in four library locations during February.

This dramatization of Hector’s participation in the Battle of Brandywine (Pennsylvania) will appear Wednesday Feb 6 at the Lakewood branch (301 Lexington Av.) at 4 p.m. and the Stafford branch (129 N. Main St., Manahawkin) at 7 p.m.

He will also appear on Monday Feb. 25 at the Little Egg Harbor branch (290 Mathistown Rd.) at 4 p.m. and the Waretown branch (112 Main St.) at 7 p.m.

Ned Hector’s courageous actions remain one of our nation’s oft-forgotten yet most significant historic incidents.

He was a teamster and artilleryman with Colonel John Proctor’s 3rd Pennsylvania Artillery Regiment.  His unit was positioned near Chadd’s Ford, Pa. 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 after his service, a “grateful” Pennsylvania Legislature granted him a donation of $40 for his heroics.

Following the Revolutionary War, Hector remained in the Norristown area where he died in 1834 at the age of 90.

These programs are free and open to the public.  For more information or to register for them go to our Website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or telephone the operator at (732) 349-6200 or (609) 971-0514.

The programs are sponsored in part with funding from an OceanFirst Foundation Arts and Cultural Grant and the Ocean County Library Foundation.

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