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Morristown in Morris County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Iron

 
 
Iron Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
1. Iron Marker
Inscription.  At Morristown, Washington was close to the northern New Jersey iron furnaces of Hibernia, Pompton, Mount Hope and Ringwood. Cannon balls and shells from these furnaces were on frequent order for the Continental Army during much of the Revolution. Firebacks, kitchen implements and iron bars or "pigs" were also produced at these casting works.

During the war, two great chains of large iron links were placed across the Hudson River as an obstruction to British warships. The first was made at nearby Ringwood Furnace and placed at Fort Montgomery. It was replaced by an even larger chain at West Point with links each measuring about 10 by 30 inches.
 
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary.
 
Location. 40° 47.652′ N, 74° 29.297′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is in
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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. Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); The Upper Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); Morristown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lay of the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); The Alarm Beacon (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chain of Signal Beacons (about 300 feet away); Mt. Kemble Home (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Nonsense. Morristown National Historical Park. (Submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Marker in Morristown National Historic Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
2. Marker in Morristown National Historic Park
Marker is located on a small walking trail in the Fort Nonsense unit of the Morristown National Historical Park.
Links from the Fort Montgomery Chain image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2008
3. Links from the Fort Montgomery Chain
These links, forged at nearby Ringwood Furnace, were part of a chain that spanned the Hudson River at Fort Montgomery, NY. These are located in the Visitor Center of the Fort Montgomery State Historic Site.
The Great Chain image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. The Great Chain
Thirteen links from the chain that spanned the Hudson River at West Point are seen here at Trophy Point at the U.S. Military Academy.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 4, 2022. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,194 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4. submitted on September 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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