Pulaski Massacre Commemorated in Mystic Island Oct. 15

Oct 09, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Affair at Egg Harbor Historical Society at the Memorial Day parade this year.

Michael Czurlanis continues his father’s work as president of the Affair at Egg Harbor Historical Society in commemorating the defense of Little Egg Harbor by Count Casimir Pulaski’s troops on Oct. 15, 1778.

On the night of Oct. 14 and 15, British Capt. Patrick Ferguson and some of his troops decamped off his vessel the Zebra, lying in Little Egg Harbor off Osborn Island. Days before, with his three ships, he had participated in the destruction of Port Republic. At around 11 p.m. Oct. 14 with 200 men and directed by a few turncoats, he attacked the picket camp of sleeping troops under the leadership of Count Casimir Pulaski. The patriot troops had left just one sentry, who had been overpowered, so they were massacred along with Lt. Col. Carl Von Bose. Pulaski was quartered at the Willets farm just a few miles inland and roused his company to pursue the British across the meadows. The British had destroyed the bridge over Great Creek and escaped to their waiting ships.

The Affair at Egg Harbor Historical Society reenactors will meet at the Monument to Pulaski on South Pulaski Boulevard in Mystic Island on Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. They will read an account of the Revolutionary battle and will lay a wreath on the monument that marks the 50 graves. —P.J.

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