History of Hatboro &
Battle of Crooked Billet
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Hatboro Federal Savings

" ... to me it was an attempted kidnapping of General Lacey himself"
Denis J. Cooke
The Battle of The Crooked Billet

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The State of Pennsylvania has officially recognized May 1, 2016 as "Battle of Crooked Billet Day" throughout the Commonwealth. Thank you to PA State Senator Stewart Greenleaf.

Read PA Senate Resolution #313

On May 1, 1778 in the town of The Billet (Hatboro) the British attacked a militia unit under the leadership of General John Lacey.

This skirmish will become known as the "The Battle of Crooked Billet."

The story shows that the Revolution was America's first Civil War.

It is a story about beating the odds. About American heroes. About the birth of a Nation.

The Battle of Crooked Billet is based on the writings of General William W. H. Davis, Charles Harper Smith and Denis J. Cooke


Denis J. Cooke Expert on Crooked Billet
Anita M. Fleck President, Pennsylvania State Navy
Hilary Folwell Jebitsch Site Administrator, Washington's Crossing Historic Park
Andrew Zellers-Frederick Executive Director, Masonic Library and Museum of PA
Mark Gibson Lt. Commander, US Navy, Retired
David T. Shannon Historian, Borough of Hatboro
Erik Fleischer President, Craven Hall Historic Society


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