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Bound Brook in Somerset County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Middlebrook

Enigma of the British Army

 
 
Middlebrook Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
1. Middlebrook Marker
Inscription. During the 1777 encampment, Washington’s heavily entrenched stronghold defied the massed British Army of 18,000 under Howe and prevented the British movement against Philadelphia by land (June 14 to 30). This delay caused Howe to move by sea, with great loss of time. The last defenses of the American Capitol were not overcome until late November 1777. It was too late to assist Burgoyne, who in turn was forced to surrender at Saratoga, Oct. 17, 1777.

Clinton, during the second encampment (1778-79), determined Middlebrook too strong and Washington’s troops too numerous (8,000) to be “rashly attempted”, with his force of 22,000 in the New York-Rhode Island area.
 
Erected by Washington Camp Ground Association.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the George Washington Slept Here marker series.
 
Location. 40° 34.765′ N, 74° 32.28′ W. Marker is in Bound Brook, New Jersey, in Somerset County. Marker is on Middlebrook Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1761 Middlebrook Rd, Bound Brook NJ 08805, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Thirteen Star Flag (was a few steps from
Marker on Middlebrook Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
2. Marker on Middlebrook Road
This was the first place where an official flag of the United States flew over the Continental Army. The 13 star flag flies over this location 24 hours a day.
this marker but has been reported missing. ); Washington Camp Ground (was within shouting distance of this marker but has been reported missing. ); The Council Oak (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Presbyterian Church at Bound Brook (approx. one mile away); War Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Bound Brook Library World War I Memorial (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Frelinghuysen Tavern (approx. 1.3 miles away); Van Horn Plaza (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bound Brook.
 
Also see . . .  The Middlebrook Winter Encampment of Washington's Army. (Submitted on May 17, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. MilitaryNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Cannon at Middlebrook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, May 17, 2008
3. Cannon at Middlebrook
This cannon is one of several located a short distance from the marker. The Middlebrook encampment is on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,204 times since then and 51 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 17, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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