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

Soldier Hill

Lafayette Encampment

 
 
Soldier Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 2, 2008
1. Soldier Hill Marker
Inscription. The Continental Army advanced to Englewood on August 23, 1780, with some units foraging as far south as Jersey City. The main body of the army moved west of the Hackensack River on September 4th, camping in two lines west of Kinderkamack Road, one atop the ridge and one below. The camp extended from River Edge Road two miles north to the vicinity of Soldier Hill. The artillery park was near their center along Ridgewood Avenue. Light infantry was posted on the heights behind New Bridge in Van Saun Co. Park. Lafayette had his headquarters at the north end of the encampment, near this spot. The army departed on September 20, 1780.

Sponsored by the Book and Needle Club of Oradell and re-dedicated by the county of Bergen in 2005
 
Erected 2005 by Bergen County Historical Society. (Marker Number 31.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the New Jersey, Bergen County Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 40° 57.631′ N, 74° 1.845′ W. Marker is in Oradell, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is at the intersection of Kinderkamack Road (County Route 503) and Soldier Hill Road, on the left when traveling north on Kinderkamack Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Oradell NJ 07649, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker on Kinderkamack Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 2, 2008
2. Marker on Kinderkamack Road
At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Van Buskirk-Oakley House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Oradell (approx. 0.4 miles away); Oradell Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Oradell World War II Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hagler’s Diner (approx. ¾ mile away); Richard T. Cooper House (approx. 0.9 miles away); Kinderkamack (approx. one mile away); Emerson Veterans Monument (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oradell.
 
Also see . . .  Bergen County Historical Society. (Submitted on May 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Lafayette Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 2, 2008
3. Lafayette Encampment Marker
On September 4, 1780, the Continental Army moved into the Hackensack Valley and went into camp along the ridge just to the west. Lafayette’s Division, including artillery and "Light Horse Harry" Lee’s Cavalry, occupied the heights at this point.
Encampment of the Continental Army image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 2, 2008
4. Encampment of the Continental Army
When the Army moved out on September 19, 1780, the formation stretched from this point to what is now Route 4 in North Hackensack.
Encampment Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 2, 2008
5. Encampment Marker
The site of the encampment has an American flag to honor the Continental Army, and a French flag in honor of their commander, the Marquis Lafayette.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,638 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.
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