On May 7, 1777, Captain Samuel Ray organized the first Revolutionary War troops in Upper Alloways Township. A plaque erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution, honoring Captain Ray is next to Thompson’s Bridge, (now Alloway Bridge) in Alloway, N.J. It commemorates one of three bridges in Salem County that were defended by American troops during the Revolutionary War. After the war, Samuel Ray became a judge serving from 1801-1808 and again from 1809-1814. In 1802, he was elected to the Assembly of New Jersey as a Democrat-Republican which was what the Jefferson party was called at that time.
The Revolutionary War was fought from 1775 to 1783. It began as a revolt of the colonies against what they believed was unfair taxation. While it started as a conflict between Great Britain and the thirteen American colonies, it soon became a global conflict. France actively sided with the colonies, and the French naval fleet was instrumental in defeating the British at Yorktown. Holland supplied the colonies weapons, while Spain supplied funding and diverted British forces by fighting on a second front and winning back Spanish forts in Florida that they lost during the Seven Years’ War. No independent country sided with Great Britain, but Britain employed German mercenaries, known as Hessians.
This Captain Samuel Ray history mug is part of our Revolutionary War series which includes many of the notable figures who played major roles during this conflict.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia-tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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