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A Warm Fire

Morristown National Historical Park

 
 
A Warm Fire Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
1. A Warm Fire Marker
Inscription. In 1779 soldiers of the New Jersey Brigade built this hearth. Archeologists stabilized it and removed the other artifacts found here for protection.

The hearth provided the hut’s only comfort: a warm fire. Food ran out. Many men had no shoes and some had no clothes. Even bedding straw was in short supply – but there was a fire.

Soldiers’ huts were all alike – one room, one hearth, one door, six bunks, and 12 men – all the huts lined up in neat rows. Most of the soldiers’ huts were ready by Christmas.
 
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
 
Location. 40° 44.608′ N, 74° 33.807′ W. Marker is in Bernardsville, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from Jockey Hollow Road, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in the New Jersey Brigade Unit of the Morristown National Historical Park, along a hiking trail. Marker is in this post office area: Bernardsville NJ 07924, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A Trash Pit (a few steps from this marker); RHIP (within shouting distance of this marker); The New Jersey Brigade (within shouting
Marker on the New Jersey Brigade Trail image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
2. Marker on the New Jersey Brigade Trail
distance of this marker); A Revolutionary Winter (within shouting distance of this marker); New Jersey 7th Brigade (approx. ¼ mile away); A Haven From Everyday Life (approx. ¼ mile away); William Childs (approx. 1.4 miles away); “George” 2001 (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bernardsville.
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains a picture of two soldiers warming themselves in front of the hearth.
 
Also see . . .  Morristown National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Markers at the New Jersey Brigade Site image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
3. Markers at the New Jersey Brigade Site
"A Warm Fire" Marker is one of several markers that are found at the site of the New Jersey Brigade Encampment.
Remains of Hearth image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
4. Remains of Hearth
This hearth is the remains of a hut that was occupied by New Jersey troops during the 1779-80 winter encampment.
Soldier Huts image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
5. Soldier Huts
These reconstructed huts are representative of those that stood on the site of the marker in 1779. These are located in Pennsylvania Brigade Encampment Site of the Morristown National Historical Park.
Soldier Hut Interior image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
6. Soldier Hut Interior
This photo shows what the hearth in the soldier huts might have looked like. This display is in the Jockey Hollow Visitor Center.
New Jersey Brigade Area image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 9, 2008
7. New Jersey Brigade Area
The marker is located in the New Jersey Brigade Unit of Morristown National Historical Park, off Jockey Hollow Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 755 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on September 28, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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