Author: Joseph E. Wroblewski

Dr. Wroblewski, received a BA (’67) and MA (’72) in Social Studies from Trenton State College and earned a Doctorate in Education from Temple University (‘87). Served in the Peace Corps in Western Samoa, (‘67-’69). Worked for the School District of Philadelphia in the Office of Research and Evaluation and taught Social Studies at the S. A. Douglas High School. Retired from the School District of Philadelphia in 2002. At present he is a volunteer docent at Morven (Princeton, NJ), the home of Richard Stockton.

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Governor William Franklin: Sagorighweyoghsta, “Great Arbiter” or “Doer of Justice”

William Franklin, son of Benjamin Franklin, was the last Royal Governor of New Jersey, from 1763 to 1776. He is usually identified in U. S. History texts negatively as an ardent Loyalist and opponent of the American War of Independence. Historian Larry Gerlach offers a different view: “He was one of the most popular and […]

by Joseph E. Wroblewski
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Casimir Pulaski and the Threat to the Upper Delaware River Valley

If January and February 1778 was Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski’s “Winter of his Discontent,”[1] then October through December 1778 was his “Autumn of Despair.” Following what has been called the “Massacre of the Pulaski Legion” at Egg Harbor, New Jersey, on October 15, 1778,[2] the Legion returned to Trenton, awaiting orders. On October 26, Pulaski […]

by Joseph E. Wroblewski
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Operations of the Queen’s Rangers: Foraging in New Jersey, February–March 1778

“Of the forty or more battalions of Loyalists, which enlisted in the service of the Crown during the Revolutionary war, none has been so widely celebrated as the Queen’s Rangers.”—James Hannay.[1] The Queen’s Rangers, named in honor of King George III’s wife Queen Charlotte, were mustered into service in August 1776 on Staten Island. It […]

by Joseph E. Wroblewski
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The Affair At Egg Harbor: Massacre Of The Pulaski Legion

On the Topographic-Bathymetric Series Map, Eastern United States, 1:250,000, Wilmington: NJ 18-2 (1972) prepared by the United States Geological Survey located at grid WU5.5, 8.0 is a symbol for a landmark labeled, “Pulaski Monument.” This monument indicates the site of the “massacre” of the Pulaski Legion in the pre-dawn hours of October 15, 1778.[1] In […]

by Joseph E. Wroblewski
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The Winter of His Discontent: Casimir Pulaski’s Resignation as Commander of Horse

Casimir Pulaski, an exiled Polish nobleman, through the influence of well-placed individuals in the French Court and based on his experience as the de facto military leader of the rebel forces in Poland[1] was able to obtain interviews and letters of recommendation from both Silas Deane and Benjamin Franklin.[2] He arrived at Marblehead, Massachusetts, with […]

by Joseph E. Wroblewski