Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington’s Retreat to Victory
November 20th, 1776
This retreat route on Main Street in Fort Lee, N.J. enabled General George Washington’s army to escape capture from the British and prevent the end of the War for Independence. Patriot and soldier Thomas Paine wrote about his experience in Fort Lee in “The American Crisis.” He spoke of summer soldiers and sunshine patriots. At that, the darkest hour of the American Revolution, or as Paine put it, the time that tried men’s souls, he, Fort Lee commander Major General Nathanael Greene and the troops of the American Army turned retreat into eventual victory. This retreat route led to the army fighting another day, and the establishment of America.
Marker Sponsored by
“The Modern” Fort Lee Redevelopment Associates
Dedicated November 20th, 2013
Erected 2013 by Borough of Fort Lee.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is November 20, 1865.
Location. 40° 51.048′ N, 73° 57.941′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The American Crisis (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Military Magazine (about 700 feet away); Abatis Construction at Fort Lee (about 800 feet away); Mortar Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Musketry Breastwork (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort Lee Historic Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Palisades Interstate Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Soldier Hut (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. The seal of the Borough of Fort Lee and two images of Gen. George Washington appear at the top of the marker.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Four markers on Main Street that describe the American Army’s retreat from Fort Lee.
Also see . . . Washington's Retreat Through Jersey. (Submitted on November 23, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 625 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 23, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.