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Dover Township - Block House Battle
The Block House at Toms River in Dover Township
was the site of a famous skirmish during the American Revolutionary War.
On March 24, 1782, a convoy of British whaleboats, led by the brig Arrogant
with eighty men under the command of Lieutenant Blanchard, sailed into
Barnegat Bay. They were met by Tory sympathizer William Dillion and forty
of his men. Together they attacked the Block House, which had been built
to protect the local salt supply, a very important commodity. The twenty-five
men under the command of Captain Joshua Huddy fought valiantly but were
eventually overun by the Tories. Joshua Huddy was captured and taken to
Gravely Point on the banks of the Navesink River sshere he was hanged.
Huddy Park in Toms River is named for Joshua Huddy.