Murt Resolution Recognizing Hatboro’s Battle of Crooked Billet Passes the House

HARRISBURG-- To commemorate the role Montgomery County played during the American Revolution, the House has passed House Resolution 200, sponsored by Rep. Tom Murt (R-Montgomery), to declare May 1 as the Battle of Crooked Billet Day in Pennsylvania.

“Everyone is aware of the historical role Philadelphia played in the conception and birth of American independence,” Murt said. “What is often unappreciated is the pivotal role the people living in the countryside around the city played in preserving our young nation.”  

The battle, fought on May 1, 1778, was spearheaded by the British to capture and kill the American militia in what is now Hatboro.  They especially wanted to capture Gen. John Lacey, who had been interrupting British supply lines into Philadelphia. 

The British also hoped the militia would retreat toward Gen. George Washington’s army encampment in Valley Forge.  But Lacey instead led the British into Bucks County and away from Washington’s troops.

While 26 militia members were killed and the British considered the battle a victory, they never achieved their objective.

 “Lacey is one of the unsung heroes of the revolution, and it happened in our backyard,” Murt said.  “He’s someone we should celebrate.”  

Representative Thomas P. Murt
152nd District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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