Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze Oil on canvas 1851
Sons of the Revolution New Jersey Organized: 1891
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.
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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
Abraham Clark American Politician
John Hart Farmer Hunterdon County
Francis Hopkinson Bordentown
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.
2nd Continental Congress opens in Philadelphia
Royal Governor Franklin arrested at Proprietary House, Perth Amboy
NJ Provincial Congress at Burlington votes 53-3 to break ties with Great Britain, Burlington
Washington's troops construct Fort Lee in NJ and Fort Washington in NY
Continental Congress approves Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia
Fort Washington falls to the British, and Washington evacuates Fort Lee
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
Washington and troops cross Delaware River. British and Hessians reach Princeton and Trenton
General Lee is captured by British in Basking Ridge
The night of December 25, Washington and 2,400 troops cross Delaware River landing at Johnson's Ferry Washington Crossing State Park
Predawn - American army marches to Trenton, surprising Hessians in the attack at the Old Barracks, Trenton
Lord Cornwallis takes command of the British Army in Princeton
Battle of Trenton with heavy fighting along Assunpink, Trenton
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
British take Philadelphia September to October Washington builds up defenses at Red Bank on lower Delaware River
Americans defeat attacking Hessian troops, then abandon Fort Mercer
British take Fort Mifflin, Pennsylvania
Washington and 12,000 troops survive bitter winter at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
British and Loyalist troops raid Hancock's Bridge, American troops die at Hancock House massacre
Critical American victory at Battle of Monmouth
Washington sets up headquarters in Wallace House, troops spend winter in Watchung Mountains in Middlebrook
Major Henry Lee attacks the British fort at Paulus Hook (Jersey City)
British Major John Simcoe leads raid through Elizabethtown to Bound Brook and Somerset Courthouse, Millstone
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
Congress abandons Independence Hall in Philadelphia and reconvenes at Nassau Hall in Princeton
George and Martha Washington arrive at Rockingham
America and Britain sign the Peace Treaty in Paris, France
Washington writes Farewell Address at Rockingham
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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)