The Forage War was a partisan war consisting of numerous small skirmishes that took place in New Jersey during the American Revolutionary War in 1777, following the battles of Trenton and Princeton.
The British, after losing two major outposts, realized they could not have their forces split into posts any longer. In the winter of 1777, they held the town of New Brunswick and a fortified post at Paulus Hook (now part of Jersey City). General George Washington, trying to reform a Continental Army reduced by end-of-the-year enlistment periods, determined that the British should be harassed at every opportunity.
Result: Militarily indecisive, British troops forced to increase security on foraging parties, strategic and tactical implications unclear