The “Other” Oliver Cromwell…New Jersey’s Own

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I learned something new this morning. A freeman of New Jersey, Oliver Cromwell served with George Washington during the American Revolution. How apt that I discovered a new fact and a new person on the beginning of Memorial Day Weekend! Memorial Day itself is to honor men and women who died while serving our country. Cromwell lived to be a 100. “Cromwell was present at the battle of Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, Monmouth and Yorktown and at the memorable crossing of the Delaware on December 25, 1776.”(bgill on fold3.com)  Oliver Cromwell was given a Badge of Merit designed by Washington. When he was first discharged, he couldn’t even get a pension, but many people came to his aid. His $96 annual pension helped him survive to 100 years of age. “Cromwell’s story first appeared in a newspaper interview conducted when he was 100 years old by a reporter of the Burlington Gazette (Burlington, New Jersey) in 1905, which was reprinted by the Trenton Evening Times. As the newspaper article noted: ‘though feeble, his lips trembling at every word, when he spoke of [General George] Washington his eyes sparkled with enthusiasm.”(Tom Kemp, 9/20/2012 on genealogybank.com) The “Other” Oliver Cromwell was born today, 5/24 in 1752. Let us remember him, a soldier who served his country for 6 years.

interview with African American Revolutionary War veteran Oliver Cromwell, Trenton Evening Times newspaper article 11 April 1905

Trenton Evening Times, April 11th, 1905, Page 5

 

 

 

 

 

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