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Washington Crossing the Delaware

Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze Oil on canvas 1851

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George Washington 1847

Sons of the Revolution New Jersey Organized: 1891 
Incorporated: 1923


The Society of the Sons of the Revolution in the State of New Jersey was organized as a patriotic and historical organization to promote knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence. The Society is a New Jersey nonprofit corporation and tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.   


We are always interested in new members. If your family can trace your family history back to a soldier or colonial government official who fought in the American Revolution, we would be excited to speak with you about becoming a member.


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Jean Keib Gerome Ferris, Washington's March Through the Jerseys, ca.1906 Oil on canvas.


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Jean Keib Gerome Ferris, Washington's March Through the Jerseys, ca.1906 Oil on canvas. Private Collection

New Jersey Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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Abraham Clark American Politician

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John Hart Farmer Hunterdon County

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Francis Hopkinson Bordentown

Image of Richard Stockton,

Richard Stockton


Image of John Witherspoon, President of Princeton University

John Witherspoon President of Princeton University

​Chronology of Events in New Jersey

New Jersey played a major role in the American Revolution. In fact, the Battles of Trenton and Princeton were turning points in the war.

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May 10

2nd Continental Congress opens in Philadelphia

Jun 19

Royal Governor Franklin arrested at Proprietary House, Perth Amboy

Jun 21

NJ Provincial Congress at Burlington votes 53-3 to break ties with Great Britain, Burlington

Jul 1

Washington's troops construct Fort Lee in NJ and Fort Washington in NY

Jul 4

Continental Congress approves Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia

Nov 16

Fort Washington falls to the British, and Washington evacuates Fort Lee
Nov 20

Washington leads 2,000 troops from Fort Lee across Hackensack River to New Bridge Landing & Steuben House
Nov 23 - Dec 3

Washington continues to retreat passing through Princeton on way to Delaware River
Dec 7-8

Washington and troops cross Delaware River. British and Hessians reach Princeton and Trenton
Dec 13

General Lee is captured by British in Basking Ridge
Dec 25

The night of December 25, Washington and 2,400 troops cross Delaware River landing at Johnson's Ferry Washington Crossing State Park
Dec 26

Predawn - American army marches to Trenton, surprising Hessians in the attack at the Old Barracks, Trenton 


Jan 1

Lord Cornwallis takes command of the British Army in Princeton
Jan 2

Battle of Trenton with heavy fighting along Assunpink, Trenton
Jan 3

Battle of Princeton - Washington strikes the British rear at Princeton, Americans defeat a small British force
Jan 6 - May 28

Washington's troops spend winter at Morristown
Sep 26

British take Philadelphia September to October Washington builds up defenses at Red Bank on lower Delaware River
Oct 22

Americans defeat attacking Hessian troops, then abandon Fort Mercer
Nov 15

British take Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania

Washington and 12,000 troops survive bitter winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Mar 21

British and Loyalist troops raid Hancock's Bridge, American troops die at Hancock House massacre
Jun 28

Critical American victory at Battle of Monmouth
Dec 11

Washington sets up headquarters in Wallace House, troops spend winter in Watchung Mountains in Middlebrook

Aug 19

Major Henry Lee attacks the British fort at Paulus Hook (Jersey City)
Oct 28

British Major John Simcoe leads raid through Elizabethtown to Bound Brook and Somerset Courthouse, Millstone 
Dec 1

Washington moves his army into winter quarters at Morristown for the most severe winter of the century

Jun 7 - 23

Battle of Springfield/invasion of Elizabethtown and Springfield
July 1 - 8

Washington establishes headquarters at Dey Mansion, Wayne

Jun 30

Congress abandons Independence Hall in Philadelphia and reconvenes at Nassau Hall in Princeton
Aug 23

George and Martha Washington arrive at Rockingham
Sep 3

America and Britain sign the Peace Treaty in Paris, France
Nov 2

Washington writes Farewell Address at Rockingham


“Washington Rallying the Americans at the Battle of Princeton.”


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An 1848 painting by American artist William T. Ranney is titled “Washington Rallying the Americans at the Battle of Princeton.” (Photo: Princeton University Art Museum/Princeton Battlefield Society)

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