LAWRENCE: As we near the “Ten Crucial Days” of the American Revolution, Lawrence resident David Price is garnering great interest in the release of his first book, RESCUING THE REVOLUTION: Unsung Patriot Heroes and the Ten Crucial Days of America’s War for Independence ($12, Knox Press, 978-0998059303, January 3, 2017).
Price, a historical interpreter at Washington Crossing Historic Park in Pennsylvania, has had three speaking engagements in New Jersey and Pennsylvania since November and to date has five more presentations scheduled in 2017. This 154-page book has already been reprinted prior to the official release.
One of Price’s ten “unsung heroes” is Edward Hand, colonel of the 1st Pennsylvania Regiment that saw action in all three engagements of the Ten Crucial Days campaign. Each year, Lawrence resident William Agress and a troop of dedicated volunteers and living history enthusiasts recreate the pivotal delaying action of Col. Hand’s Pennsylvanians and other soldiers that slowed the advance of Gen. Charles Cornwallis’s 8,000 British and Hessian troops prior to the Battle of Assunpink Creek on January 2, 1777. This year, the 55th annual Edward Hand March will be on January 7, 2017. At 10 am, Price will give a 10-minute talk in the Lawrence Municipal Building about Hand, the Irish-born officer. The Col. Hand March is open to the public. For more information, call the Lawrence Twp. Recreation Dept. at 609-844-7065.