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Robert Erskine

“The Forgotten General”

 
 
Robert Erskine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 5, 2011
1. Robert Erskine Marker
Inscription.
Born 1735 in Scotland
Died 1780 at Ringwood

Friend in need for Washington

Geographer and Surveyer General
for the American Army in the
Revolutionary War

A true and faithful Christian patriot
Erected by the New Jersey Society of the S.A.R.
1952

 
Erected 1952 by New Jersey Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
 
Location. 41° 8.205′ N, 74° 15.593′ W. Marker is in Ringwood, New Jersey, in Passaic County. Marker is on Chicken House Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located in Ringwood State Park, southwest of Ringwood Manor on the west side of Ringwood Mill Pond. Marker is in this post office area: Ringwood NJ 07456, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Erskine F.R.S. (here, next to this marker); Ringwood Manor Forges (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ringwood Manor (approx. mile away); Ringwood Manor Iron Complex (approx. 0.3 miles away); Marine Chevaux De Frise
Marker in Ringwood State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 5, 2011
2. Marker in Ringwood State Park
Robert Erskine was an ironmaster at Ringwood prior to and during the American Revolution. His forge supplied cannon, shot and chain links for the American Army. He also served as Geographer and Surveyer General making numerous highly detailed maps for General Washington.
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Ringwood Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Long Pond Ironworks (approx. 2.7 miles away); Water Power (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Ringwood.
 
Also see . . .  Photographic Tour of Ringwood Manor. (Submitted on June 5, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Robert Erskine Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 5, 2011
3. Robert Erskine Marker
General Erskine died of pneumonia caught during a mapmaking expedition in 1780. His funeral was held at Ringwood Manor and was attended by Gen. Washington. His grave can be seen in this photo behind the marker.
Grave of Gen. Robert Erskine image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 5, 2011
4. Grave of Gen. Robert Erskine
Robert Erskine Gravestone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, June 5, 2011
5. Robert Erskine Gravestone
In memory of
Robert Erskine F.R.S.
Geographer and Surveyer
for the Army of
The United States

Son of the Revd Ralph Erskine
Late Minister at Dunjermine
in Scotland
Born
September 7th, 1735
Died
October 2nd, 1780
Aged 45 Years
and 25 Days
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 698 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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