On July 4, 1778, the 2nd anniversary of our great nation, George Washington was
headquartered at Ross Hall, and the banks of the Raritan were lined with thousands of
American Patriots celebrating their victory over the British at Monmouth.
At the end of the day's festivities General Washington hosted an elegant officers
ball at the mansion.(Note)
Edward Antill was born in Ross Hall, then the Antill House, in 1742. His parents, Edward Antill and Anne Morris, the daughter of Governor Lewis Morris, sold the house on the Raritan River to Dr. Alexander Ross in 1763, when Edward was 21 and recently graduated from Columbia (King's College). Dr. Ross died in 1775, and the house was occupied by the doctor's widow when George Washington used it as his headquarters in 1778.
There's no indication whether Edward knew that his Commander-in-chief was occupying the house where he grew up, since Edward Antill was Edward Antill and other American officers made a return, at Flat Bush on Long Island, August 15, 1778, of the officers and other prisoners on Long Island, for purposes of exchange. In August 1779, he was still at large on Long Island, on parole. His exchange was effected Nov 2, 1780.
|Edward Antill to George Washington||18 Sep 1778|
Letters of Delegates to Congress:|
Volume 6 January 1, 1777 - April 30, 1777
Edward Antill to George Washington, September 18, 1778
Worthy Sir, Long Island Septr 18th 78
Permit me to recommend to Your Excellencies Notice, the Bearer Lawrence Manning, Sargeant Major to Colonel
Hazens Regt. His Conduct was such before his capture as to merit my notice while I had the Honor to be with
the Regt and During Nineteen months Imprisonment has behaved himself in Such a way as to gain the Esteem of
all that knew him. Impatiently waiting releasement. I have the Honor to be