The Battle of White Plains, New York, took place on October 28, 1776, and the 35th Regiment formed part of the British left flank, a force which included Hessian troops. They crossed the Bronx River and assaulted the Continental positions which occupied higher ground. Though the regiment sustained several casualties, including its commanding officer Lt. Col. Robert Carr, General Sir William Howe was able to gain a victory. The victory, however, was incomplete as Washington was not trapped, as the plan was intended, but escaped further north to fight another day.
The Jacob Purdy House invited the 35th Regiment to its Battle of White Plains event on Sunday, October 24, where reenactors from area units held ceremonies, displays ranging from drill to blacksmithing to period surgery to fabric crafting, and a skirmish for the public. The 35th's Grenadiers along with gentlemen from other units represented the Crown forces at this event which was very heavily attended by the public. Additionally, two bands from the vicinity: a marching band and a fife and drum corps, entertained the audience.
All in all, a very busy but satisfying day, our first Revolutionary War event in some time due to the challenges of this season both as far as public health and weather were concerned.
The Royal Sussex Society thanks the White Plains Historical Society which hosted the event and extended its invitation to us. We were proud to support the endeavor and represent the regiment which played a key role in this battle.
Mr. Al Pochek has a photo album of the event on Facebook.
Special thanks to J. Gerber and R. Cataldi for the pictures below!