Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
General George Washington, Commander in Chief of the Continental Army, brought his tired troops to Morristown for rest and reorganization in January 1777. They had just completed successful attacks against the Hessian and British troops at Trenton and Princeton. The new year brought an end to many enlistments and Washington’s regular army dwindled in size to a few thousand men. He warned the Continental Congress “to the Situation…of scarce having any army at all.” Encouraged by the recent military victories, enlistments increased by spring and the army regained its strength, numbering about 10,000 men.
General Washington lodged at Arnold’s Tavern, once located near the base of this hill next to the Green. The soldiers stayed in houses or encamped at various places near the town. A Delaware light infantry company stayed at the Colonel Jacob Ford house on the eastern edge of town.
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Notable Places War, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington, and the George Washington Slept Here series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1777.
Location. 40° 47.637′ N, 74° 29.27′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling west. Marker is in Morristown National Historical Park, in the Fort Nonsense section, off Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lay of the Land (here, next to this marker); The Upper Redoubt (a few steps from this marker); Fort Nonsense (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alarm Beacon (within shouting distance of this marker); Chain of Signal Beacons (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Kemble Home (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker is a picture of Arnold's Tavern, where Washington stayed in 1777.
The right of the marker contains a sketch of war-time Morristown with the caption "Drawing adapted from 1779 military map by Robert Erskine."
Also see . . . Fort Nonsense. Morristown National Historical Park. (Submitted on April 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
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