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Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Washington’s Retreat to Victory

November 20th, 1776

 
 
Washington’s Retreat to Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 24, 2013
1. Washington’s Retreat to Victory Marker
Inscription.  
British Lieutenant General Charles Lord Cornwallis and five thousand of his troops crossed the Hudson River and made their way to Fort Lee from Huyler’s Landing Road on November 20th, 1776. General Nathanael Greene, warned of the invasion by a vigilant officer posted north of the post, led the evacuation of Fort Lee as three thousand soldiers and officers abandoned the fortifications of the Palisades and headed west on Fort Lee Road (present day Main Street) en route to escape at the New Bridge over the Hackensack River.

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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 month for this entry is November 1815.
 
Location. 40° 51.146′ N, 73° 58.364′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is on Main Street west of Center Avenue, on the right when traveling west. 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. A different marker also named Washington’s Retreat to Victory
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); Willat/Fox & Triangle Studios (approx. 0.2 miles away); American Éclair Studios (approx. 0.2 miles away); F. F. Fred Cavaliere (approx. 0.2 miles away); World/Peerless & Metropolitan Studios (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (approx. ¼ mile away); Thomas Paine (approx. 0.3 miles away); General John “Black Jack” Pershing (approx. 0.3 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 24, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
 
Washington’s Retreat to Victory Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 24, 2013
2. Washington’s Retreat to Victory Marker
This view of the marker looks west, in the direction of the retreating American army.
Marker on Main St. in Fort Lee image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 24, 2013
3. Marker on Main St. in Fort Lee
American Army Retreats image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, November 24, 2013
4. American Army Retreats
American troops are seen here reenacting the retreat from Fort Lee.
New Bridge Landing image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 22, 2013
5. New Bridge Landing
The bridge mentioned on the marker that was used by Gen. Washington and the Continental army during their retreat from Fort Lee was located at the site of the newer bridge seen on the right. On the left is the house owned by loyalist Jan Zabriskie. It was seized by the government and later presented to Maj. Gen. Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben in appreciation of his service to the country.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 24, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 677 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 24, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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