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

The Closter Horseman

 
 
The Closter Horseman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 26, 2013
1. The Closter Horseman Marker
Inscription.
He saw the redcoats on the eastern hills. This Closterman who galloped through the mist to warn the troops encamped down the road at Fort Lee. His plow horse carrying him to glory on the most important ride in history, the hinge on which the door of freedom swung.
Dan Mahoney, 1964

Dedicated on the 188th Anniversary
of the Famous Ride – Nov. 20, 1964

 
Erected 1964.
 
Location. 40° 57.927′ N, 73° 57.315′ W. Marker is in Closter, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is at the intersection of Closter Dock Road and Piermont Road, on the right when traveling east on Closter Dock Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Closter NJ 07624, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Walter Parcells Homestead (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sautes Tave’s Begraven Ground (approx. 0.3 miles away); Douwe Talema (approx. 0.3 miles away); Closter Public School (approx. 0.6 miles away); Demarest Railroad Station (approx. ¾ mile away); Reformed Church of Closter
The Closter Horseman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 26, 2013
2. The Closter Horseman Marker
Called the Paul Revere of Bergen County, the Closter Horseman is said to have ridden to Fort Lee to warn Gen. Washington of the approach of Gen. Cornwallis and the British and Hessian Army. This advanced warning allowed Washington and the Continental Army to escape and begin their retreat across New Jersey.
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Hilderbrant Naugle House (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Nauglel / Auryansen Cemetery (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Closter.
 
Also see . . .  The unknown story of 'The Closter Horseman'. (Submitted on February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Closter Horseman Controversy
Research conducted by Todd Braisted, former president of the Bergen County Historical Society, puts some doubt on whether the horseman who warned Washington was actually from Closter. According to pension records he reviewed in the National Archives, the person on duty the morning of November 20, 1776 was John Clifford of Hunterdon County. It may well have been Clifford who carried the news of the approaching British troops to Fort Lee.
    — Submitted February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.

 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Marker in Closter image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 26, 2013
3. Marker in Closter
Seal of the Borough of Closter image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, February 26, 2013
4. Seal of the Borough of Closter
The seal of the borough of Closter, which appears on the monument, contains an image of the Closter Horseman.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 605 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 26, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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