Cockpit of the Revolution: New Jersey in the War for Independence

Wednesday, May 31 (7:30pm) – Saturday, June 3, 2017  (5:00pm)

Tour Leader: Bill Welsch

HQ: Bridgewater, New Jersey

Tour Registration Fee: $475 

New Jersey has been called the Cockpit of the Revolution, with more battles and encampments occurring here than in any other state. Trenton, Princeton, and Monmouth are familiar names of New Jersey battlefields. This tour will provide an opportunity to visit some of the other important, but less well known, sites in this state. This is not a campaign tour as such, but rather a survey of important places and critical events that impacted both the state and the Revolution.

Our first day will begin with a visit to Fort Lee Historic Park on the Hudson River. We’ll explore the reconstructed earthworks that were designed, in conjunction with Fort Washington across the river, to deny the British passage up the river. The view is spectacular! The fall of Fort Washington, which we’ll also discuss, necessitated the evacuation of Fort Lee and began the American retreat in the fall of 1776, eventually ending on the Delaware River at Trenton. We’ll follow the initial stages of this historic retreat through Bergen County to New Bridge Landing.  At this vital river crossing over the Hackensack, the troops from Fort Lee just barely evaded Cornwallis and his pursuing British regiments. We’ll visit the Zabriskie House at the Landing which served as headquarters for both the Americans and the British.

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6th Annual Conference of the American Revolution – March 24-26, 2017

Friday, March 24 – Sunday to March 26, 2017  (Conference begins at 6:30pm)

Williamsburg, Virginia

Conference Registration: $245 

American Revolution Conference

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Edward G. Lengel, Head of Faculty – George III’s American Madness

James Kirby Martin – The Real Continentals: Joseph Plumb Martin and His Comrades

David Preston – The Legacy of Braddock’s Defeat on the American Revolution

Mark Lender – Fatal Sunday: George Washington, the Monmouth Campaign and the Politics of Battle

John Grenier – Staying Loyal to the King: Why Robert Rogers Did Not Join the Rebels

Michael Gabriel – Major General Richard Montgomery: The Making of an American Hero

Dennis Conrad – A Sea Change: Naval Warfare in the American Revolution during the Spring of 1778

Robert Smith: – Manufacturing Independence: Industrial Innovation during the American Revolution

Robert Selig – Rochambeau’s Most Colorful Officer: Robert Guillaume, Baron de Dillon of Lauzun’s Legion

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