Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
“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.
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.
2. Monument Park. The Borough of Fort Lee website.
3. The Battle of Fort Washington. The American Revolution.
4. Common Sense. By Thomas Paine, Political And Miscellaneous Works of Thomas Paine, Volume I, 1819; Internet Archive.
Categories. • Military • Notable Persons • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
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