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Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Thomas Paine
1737-1809
 
Thomas Paine Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
1. Thomas Paine Marker
 
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“Common Sense”                     “American Crisis”
  January 10, 1776                   December 19, 1776

Thomas Paine volunteered for the Continental Army. He marched to Amboy, New Jersey, located off the tip of Staten Island where the British began the invasion of New York. He arrived before the first 9,3000 Redcoats landed and stayed until the fighting went north. Paine then went to Fort Lee where General Nathaniel Greene appointed him as one of his aides. While stationed at Fort Lee, he authored “The American Crisis” pamphlet which contained the famous quote “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Fort Lee (Monument Park area) is the site where this most influential writing was conceived. Paine’s passion and writings about freedom had a great influence on many of the delegates that created the Declaration of Independence.
 
Erected 2004 by Borough of Fort Lee.
 
Location. 40° 50.946′ N, 73° 58.153′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is at the intersection of Palisade Avenue and Angioletti Place, on the left when traveling south on Palisade Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at Monument Park, at the southeast corner of the Palisade Avenue and Angioletti Place intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America.
 
Marker at Monument Park Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
2. Marker at Monument Park
At this entrance to Monument Park, the Thomas Paine marker is on the pillar to the right. Monument Park is the site of Continental Army encampment in 1776.
 

 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. General John “Black Jack” Pershing (here, next to this marker); General George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Soldiers of the American Revolution (within shouting distance of this marker); General Nathaniel Greene (within shouting distance of this marker); General Hugh Mercer (within shouting distance of this marker); Liberty Tree Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Lee Road (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Army Road (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Lee.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This set of markers is located in Fort Lee’s Monument Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. The American Crisis. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Monument Park. The Borough of Fort Lee website. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. The Battle of Fort Washington. The American Revolution. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

4. Common Sense. By Thomas Paine, Political And Miscellaneous Works of Thomas Paine, Volume I, 1819; Internet Archive. (Submitted on April 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Soldiers of the American Revolution Monument Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 25, 2008
3. Soldiers of the American Revolution Monument
Monument Park, where the Continental Army camped during the Battle of New York, is home to a number of markers and monuments.
 
 
Thomas Paine<br>1737-1809<br>Born Thetford, England Photo, Click for full size
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. Thomas Paine
1737-1809
Born Thetford, England
This 1791 portrait of Thomas Paine by Laurent Dabos hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.

“‘For God's sake, let us come to a final separation,‘ pleaded an anonymous author in a brief pamphlet called Common Sense, published in Philadelphia on January 9, 1776. ’You have it in your power to begin the world all over again’ Written by Thomas Paine, a down-at-the-heels immigrant recently arrived from England, this call for an immediate declaration of independence had a stunning effect, rousing spirits within Congress and without.

In December 1776 Paine was with the Continental army as it retreated across New Jersey, and George Washington confessed privately that the game was nearly up. ‘The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country,’ Paine wrote in an essay that Washington read to the troops, ‘but he that stands by it Now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.’” — National Portrait Gallery
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,791 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   4. submitted on April 19, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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