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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