Robert “Bob” Krenzel is a native of New Jersey. He attended Rutgers University, earning both a degree in History and a commission as an officer through the Army R.O.T.C. Program.
A 24-year military career as an Armor and Cavalry officer saw Bob stationed in Kentucky, Texas, Germany, Connecticut, Kansas, and New York. Along the way, the Army was kind enough to give him the opportunity to earn a Master’s degree in Management from Eastern Connecticut State University. Bob’s six operational deployments saw him on peacekeeping duty in Macedonia, Bosnia, and Kosovo, as well as in combat in Iraq (Baghdad and Kirkuk) and Afghanistan. His culminating assignment was as an Assistant Professor and teaching team leader at the Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
It was while teaching at the staff college that Bob caught the writing bug. Bob developed a renewed interest in the American Revolution while grading history papers about British and American efforts to win over the population during the war. Thus, when he decided to have a crack at writing historical fiction, the Revolution was a natural choice.
Bob currently resides in the Kansas City area; he is married with two children. His family is incredibly patient, putting up with Bob’s writing hobby, and even allowing themselves to be dragged across wet, muddy Revolutionary War battlefields. They are his anchor, and his inspiration.
When he is not working, writing, or spending time with his family, you may find Bob with map, compass, and binoculars, hiking across a centuries-old battlefield. He will often wander off the beaten path; not because he is lost, but because he is following in the footsteps of men and women who made history.
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Found your site while searching publication topics. First, I thank you for your service. Secondly, with your permission, I would like to become a follower.
Rob, this is a bit late (I missed your comment until now). I hope you enjoy the site!
Better late than never..ha ha.
Take care and best wishes!
Sir, I’m Gary Strombo from Everett WA. I’m building a game for Enfilade, our wargaming con over Memorial day weekend.
This year the theme is ‘Winter War.’ So I am building a table, and painting up the forces for my take on ‘Drakes Farm, 1Feb. 1777.’
I have just found your site and info. I was wondering if you have any additional info on the forces involved. Roughly I think there was about 1000 British/Hessians, and less than that for the Continentals.
Any additional information on the forces, units, etc.
Thanks in advance for anything.
This sounds like a fascinating project! As I recall the Crown Forces under Brigadier General Sir William Erskine were a battalion of grenadiers, a battalion of light infantry, one battalion of the Black Watch (42nd Foot) and a battalion of Hessians, plus two batteries of artillery.
The American Forces were primarily Scott’s 5th Virginia Regiment. I believe there were also some militia and a company of riflemen, although at the moment I cannot remember if I added the later two using artistic license.
I know that when the British sprung their trap the 5th Virginia launched a bayonet charge which broke the grenadier battalion long enough for Scott to begin a successful fighting withdrawal.
What I read on your post on Drake’s farm, was thst the Royal forces we’re about 1000 men.
Would that put the Continentals at about 600?
I’d like to send along some pictures if I might.
On FB as Glenn Gary Strombo.
BTW… I just bought ‘This Glorious Cause!’
Gary, I think 600 would be generous for the American side. I would guess 400-500 tops.
I hope you enjoy This Glorious Cause as much as I enjoyed your photos!
By your research were the Highlanders part of the ‘Bait’ or the ‘Trap’ forces?
What about the Hessians? Any clue as to the relative percentages of troops between the British Foot, Highlanders, and Hessians?
Thanks again for the info so far!
As I recall the “bait” was a line company of Highlanders; they fell back on the rest of their battalion, which was part of the trap.
As for percentages, there was a battalion each of light, grenadiers, Highlanders, and Hessians. I would guess the light and grenadier units were closer to full strength than the line battalions (Highlanders and Hessians), as the flank companies were filled to replace losses at the expense of their parent regiments.
One last question! Or maybe not… 🙂
Do you know which Highander Units were involved in the action at Drakes Farm?
It was the 42nd Foot: the Black Watch. I don’t recall if it was 1st or 2nd Battalion.