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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. To protect his army and supplies from a British attack, General George Washington ordered the construction of a small fortification on the hill overlooking Morristown during the Spring of 1777. This became known as the “upper redoubt” and included a “guardhouse sufficient to contain 30 men…” As it turned out, the British never came and the fortification was never called on to defend the town.

The name “Fort Nonsense” first appeared after the war. It was said that the fort was called “Nonsense” because it was built to keep troops busy. This is probably untrue as Washington, throughout the war, demonstrated the military value of holding the high ground.
 
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
 
Location. 40° 47.634′ N, 74° 29.285′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker can be reached from Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in Morristown National Historical Park, in the 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 Lay of the Land (a few steps from this marker);
Marker in Morristown National Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin
2. Marker in Morristown National Historical Park
Marker is located in the Fort Nonsense unit of Morristown National Historical Park, on a small walking trail.
Morristown (a few steps from this marker); The Upper Redoubt (within shouting distance of 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 marker features a picture of a soldier in the fortifications near a cannon, overlooking the village of Morristown.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Nonsense. Morristown National Historical Park. (Submitted on April 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Cannon Overlooking Morristown image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
3. Cannon Overlooking Morristown
This cannon, located in Fort Nonsense, overlooks Morristown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,134 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 29, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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