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Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Iron

 
 
Iron Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
1. Iron Marker
Inscription. At Morristown, Washington was close to the northern New Jersey iron furnaces of Hibernia, Pompton, Mount Hope and Ringwood. Cannon balls and shells from these furnaces were on frequent order for the Continental Army during much of the Revolution. Firebacks, kitchen implements and iron bars or "pigs" were also produced at these casting works.

During the war, two great chains of large iron links were placed across the Hudson River as an obstruction to British warships. The first was made at nearby Ringwood Furnace and placed at Fort Montgomery. It was replaced by an even larger chain at West Point with links each measuring about 10 by 30 inches.
 
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
 
Location. 40° 47.652′ N, 74° 29.297′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Morristown National Historical Park, in the Fort Nonsense section, off Chestnut Street. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); The Upper Redoubt
Marker in Morristown National Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
2. Marker in Morristown National Historic Park
Marker is located on a small walking trail in the Fort Nonsense unit of the Morristown National Historical Park.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Morristown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lay of the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alarm Beacon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chain of Signal Beacons (about 300 feet away); Mt. Kemble Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Morristown.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Nonsense. Morristown National Historical Park. (Submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Links from the Fort Montgomery Chain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2008
3. Links from the Fort Montgomery Chain
These links, forged at nearby Ringwood Furnace, were part of a chain that spanned the Hudson River at Fort Montgomery, NY. These are located in the Visitor Center of the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site.
The Great Chain image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. The Great Chain
Thirteen links from the chain that spanned the Hudson River at West Point are seen here at Trophy Point at the U.S. Military Academy.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 997 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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