William Maxwell Chapter was organized December 21, 1931.
was General William Maxwell?
In October of the year 1776, Colonel William Maxwell, while living
in Warren County, New Jersey, was elected Brigadier General by the
Congress of the United States. He was later put in command of four
battalions that became known as "Maxwell's Brigade."
In 1779, his Brigade was placed in the division of the American
Army under General Stephens' command. This Division marched through
Pennsylvania and Delaware during that summer. In the early fall,
a part of the "Jersey Line" opened the Battle of Brandywine.
The entire command distinguished themselves in the fight. In fact,
General Maxwell's Brigade took part in many key battles of the Revolution.
His Brigade spent most of the winter at Valley Forge, and later
was joined by other Continental Troops. The entire force, under
General Lafayette, engaged in harassing the enemy.
the Jersey Brigade took part in the Battle of Monmouth. While stationed at Morristown,
General Maxwell's men were in great need of provisions and threatened to resign
if they did not receive food to keep from starving. Provisions were finally obtained
through military force, and the Brigade eventually remained in service.
New Jersey (and the country) can well be proud of the fine Patriots who served
their country so well under General William Maxwell.