One of the original 13 colonies, new jersey was an important battleground during the american revolution located in the heart of the bustling atlantic corridor and nestled between new york and pennsylvania, new jersey has the highest population density of any us state. An act was passed on 20 december 1781 by which the new jersey state legislature was granted means to provide restitution for damages suffered by new jersey citizens at the hands of british forces, the continental army, or new jersey militia and the militias of neighboring states during the revolutionary war, 1776-1782. As the location of many major battles, new jersey was pivotal in the american revolution and the ultimate victory of the american colonists this important role earned it the title of crossroads of the american revolution. General george washington and the continental army spent almost half the american revolution in this small state from 1775 to 1783, new jersey was home to a series of decisive events in the war for independence.
In 1776 new jersey declared itself an independent state and joined the colonial side in the revolutionary war new jersey was an important state during the revolutionary war because of its location near the center of the thirteen colonies and between new york city and philadelphia. George washington and the continental (american) army suffered defeats during most of the year 1776, culminating in a retreat in november from fort lee across new jersey finally the tide was turned after the famous christmas night 1776 crossing of the delaware river , and the american victory at the first battle of trenton. Battles and skirmishes of the american revolution in new jersey by david c munn new jersey geological survey. During the american revolutionary war, new jersey was strategically located between the continental congress in philadelphia and the british command center in new york city from 1775 until 1783, new jersey was the location of major battles and minor skirmishes that historic homes, battlefield sites and historical monuments bear testament to today.
Revolutionary war new jersey - a guide to the important role played by new jersey in the revolutionary war era, with a detailed list of new jersey historic sites / new jersey revolutionary war sites. Paterson, new jersey, holds a unique place in history it was here, in america's first planned industrial town, that the industrial revolution got a foothold in the new world centered around the great falls of the passaic river, paterson pioneered methods for harnessing water power for industrial use.
The militia of new jersey during the revolution the militia activity of new jersey was a vital part of the war effort the british captured staten island, manhattan island and long island in the summer of 1776. 1 petticoats vs redcoats: new jersey women and the american revolution central issue, problem, or question: how did the american revolution affect women's lives what new ideas emerged from the revolution about women's. New jersey and the revolutionary war covers the military and civilian life and events during the american revolution it reads well and is very factual.
History october 21, 2014 the new jersey campaign innumerable places in the united states bore witness to the events of the american revolution—from battle sites and encampments to taverns and universities. The last major battle to take place in new jersey during the revolutionary war (and for the rest of the history of new jersey) was the battle of springfield baron von knyphausen , the hessian general, hoped to invade new jersey and expected support from colonists of new jersey who were tired of the war. New content is added regularly to the website, including online exhibitions, videos, lesson plans, and issues of the online journal history now, which features essays by leading scholars on major topics in american history.
Indeed, new jersey is known as the crossroads of the american revolution, and washington spent more time in our strategically located state than anywhere else during the war it's pretty incredible when you think about it: the revolutionary war happened all around us. During the american revolution, the southern part of the state was famous for it's privateers the captains that sailed out of chestnut neck were particularly annoying to british they were so annoying that in september on 1778 a fleet of ships were sent from new york to subdue the nest of rebel pirates. Major battles during american revolutionary war the american revolutionary war was a rebellion against colonization and unjust laws the final victory was the result of cumulative display of grit by the americans in a number of battles and confrontations with the british colonial masters.