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The British Occupation of New Jersey

 
 
The British Occupation of New Jersey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
1. The British Occupation of New Jersey Marker
Inscription.  With New York City in British hands, Forts Washington and Lee on the Hudson River (North River) fell to British attack November 16 & 19, 1776, respectively. General George Washington moved his army south through New Jersey, crossing the Delaware River into Pennsylvania. The British Army and German auxiliaries followed, reaching Princeton on December 7th and Trenton on December 8th.

With the American Army temporarily out of reach, British and German troops fortified and garrisoned towns along the main road, including Princeton and Trenton. This arrangement allowed the British to gather provisions over a wider area but made mutual support difficult if attacked. Washington took advantage of this vulnerability by crossing the Delaware River Christmas night, attacking the next morning the garrison closest to his army, the German Regiments at Trenton.
 
Erected by State of New Jersey, Division of Parks and Forestry.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is November 16, 1896.
 
Location. 40° 19.755′ N, 74° 
The British Outpost Map Legend image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
2. The British Outpost Map Legend
Map of British Outposts between Burlington and New Bridge, New Jersey, December 1776 Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
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40.554′ W. Marker is in Princeton, New Jersey, in Mercer County. This marker is next to an access road in the Princeton Battlefield State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Princeton NJ 08540, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Trenton to Princeton (within shouting distance of this marker); General Hugh Mercer (within shouting distance of this marker); Thomas Clarke House (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Moulder’s Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to the Institute Lands (about 600 feet away); Route of Washington’s March (about 800 feet away); Stony Brook Meeting House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Richard Stockton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Princeton.
 
British Outpost Map 1 image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
3. British Outpost Map 1
Map of British Outposts between Burlington and New Bridge, New Jersey, December 1776 Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
British Outpost Map 2 image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
4. British Outpost Map 2
Map of British Outposts between Burlington and New Bridge, New Jersey, December 1776 Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
British Outpost Map 3 image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
5. British Outpost Map 3
Map of British Outposts between Burlington and New Bridge, New Jersey, December 1776 Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division
The British Occupation of New Jersey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 6, 2013
6. The British Occupation of New Jersey Marker
A Revolutionary War encampment can be seen behind the marker.
Marker on the Princeton Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, January 1, 2013
7. Marker on the Princeton Battlefield
The British Occupation of New Jersey Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gary Nigh, August 2008
8. The British Occupation of New Jersey Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 11, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,264 times since then and 30 times this year. Last updated on May 11, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey.   6. submitted on April 6, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   7. submitted on January 2, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   8. submitted on August 12, 2008, by Gary Nigh of Trenton, New Jersey. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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