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

Fort Nonsense

 
 
Fort Nonsense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
1. Fort Nonsense Marker
Inscription.
This stone marks the site of
Fort Nonsense
an earthwork built by the
Continental Army in the
winter of 1779-80

 
Erected 1888 by the Washington Association of New Jersey.
 
Location. 40° 47.62′ N, 74° 29.293′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is in Morristown National Historical Park, in Fort Nonsense section off Chestnut Street. Marker is in this post office area: Morristown NJ 07960, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Alarm Beacon (within shouting distance of this marker); Chain of Signal Beacons (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Nonsense (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lay of the Land (within shouting distance of this marker); Morristown (within shouting distance of this marker); The Upper Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); Iron (within shouting distance of this marker); Mt. Kemble Home (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Nonsense. Morristown
Marker in Morristown National Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
2. Marker in Morristown National Historical Park
The earthwork fort constructed on this hill in May 1777 became known as "Fort Nonsense" because, according to legend, it was built simply to keep the troops busy.
National Historical Park. (Submitted on April 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Outline of Fort Nonsense image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
3. Outline of Fort Nonsense
The original outline of Fort Nonsense is indicated by the blocks in the photo.
Cannon at Fort Nonsense Overlooks Morristown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
4. Cannon at Fort Nonsense Overlooks Morristown
In 1777, George Washington ordered this crest fortified because it strategically overlooked Morristown, as well as British-occupied New York City.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,274 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 26, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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