1778 saw the American army ending its winter encampment at Valley Forge with a new sense of discipline and purpose; the British evacuated Philadelphia, shifting their focus to the south. Captain Allen McLANE’s company of dragoons recruited in Delaware, and gained a name for themselves, whether on horseback or as infantry. Serving under “Light Horse Harry” Lee, McLane and his men participated in the bayonet charge at Paulus Hook on 19 August 1779. Charging at four in the morning, the Americans won without firing a shot. The Delaware Blues also continued their service. In June 1778 the regiment participated in the Battle of Monmouth Court House, as well as at Stony Point and Paulus Hook in the summer of 1779. The Blues saw little action the remainder of 1779 and they wintered at Morristown, New Jersey.
Would the diary of William Adair (below) mention his family ?
“The Revolutionary War Diary of William Adair.” Delaware History 13 (1968-1969): 154-170.