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

Chain of Signal Beacons

 
 
Chain of Signal Beacons Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin
1. Chain of Signal Beacons Marker
Marker is on a walking trail in the Fort Nonsense unit of Morristown National Historical Park near the picnic grounds.
Inscription. Large fires, cannon and flags were used to signal alarms during the Revolutionary War. The fires were called beacons and were used to assemble militia, indicate the approach direction of the enemy and to direct the movements of military forces.

In the spring of 1779, a signal chain of log and brush pyramids was ordered built in a line along the highlands of the New Jersey coast. A beacon was to have been constructed at the “point” of this hill – a location that would seem to correspond to the area within the 1777 fortification. However, no conclusive historical documentation has been found to confirm the actual building of a beacon here. Looking south from this vista to the distant horizon, you can see the hill near Summit, New Jersey, on which another beacon was erected.
 
Erected by Morristown National Historical Park.
 
Location. 40° 47.608′ N, 74° 29.301′ W. Marker is in Morristown, New Jersey, in Morris County. Marker is on Chestnut Street, on the left when traveling south. 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
Marker in Morristown National Historical Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
2. Marker in Morristown National Historical Park
Morristown was never attacked, but in June of 1780, the signal beacon in Summit was instrumental in turning back a British advance on this position.
are within walking distance of this marker. The Alarm Beacon (here, next to this marker); Fort Nonsense (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 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Iron (about 300 feet away); Mt. Kemble Home (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Morristown.
 
More about this marker. The marker contains a map showing American and British troop positions, as well as the locations of signal beacons, in New Jersey and southern New York State.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Nonsense. Morristown National Historical Park. (Submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Location of Summit Beacon image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 26, 2008
3. Location of Summit Beacon
A Signal Beacon was located at this site in Summit, along with a cannon called the Old Sow. This signal was used in June of 1780 as the British were advancing on Morristown.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,238 times since then and 75 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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