Immediately after the Battle of Bunker Hill in June 1776, a company of Hanover, York and Gettysburg area citizens marched to Boston to support their fellow colonists. Another local battalion responded to the British threat to Long Island and New York City. the men were armed with locally made flint-lock Pennsylvania rifles, the envy of British troops.
Colonial Richard McAllister commanded a company of Hanoverians known as McAllister's Regiment. They attacked the British on Staten Island, New York, in October 1776 and captured the first Hessian mercenaries as prisoners of the Revolution. The next month, the British defeated McAllister's Regiment and other Americans on Manhattan Island with nearly 3,000 captured. Remnants of McAllister's force became part of George Washington's victory of Trenton, New Jersey on Christmas 1776. Later, additional militia from Hanover and York County were involved in battles defending Philadelphia.
Battle of HanoverFor information on the 1863 Civil War Battle of Hanover, we invite you to view the waysides along Frederick Street and Broadway.