In our second instalment of the Forage War of early 1777 we have the Battle, or perhaps better described as Skirmish at Drake’s Farm. After several demoralising skirmishes where generally the British came off worse the British Brigadier General, Sir William Erskine decided to set a trap for the local American forces to teach the rebels a lesson. On the 1st February he sent a small foraging party to Drake’s Farm new Metuchen, New Jersey knowing that the Americans were in the area. Colonel Charles Scott took the bait and advanced on the farm significant out numbering the foraging party with his 5th Virginia Regiment. The trap was sprung and Erskine seized his opportunity with a considerable force of British with Grenadiers, Lights, Hessians and the 42nd Foot. Going a bit over the top he supported this force with no less than 8 artillery pieces !
Historically the Virginians ignoring their predicament drove off the grenadiers before realising they were massively outnumbered as they withdrew an unfortunate incident occurred where a small group of fleeing Americans who surrendered were butchered by the British. Definitely bad form !