Dover Township - Block House Battle

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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.