A Guide to New Jersey's Revolutionary War Trail: For Families and History Buffs

Overview

Hit the road with journalist Mark DiIonno as he takes you on a tour of New Jersey's extraordinary Revolutionary War history. Listing more than 350 historic sites throughout the state, DiIonno has compiled the most complete guide ever to the Revolutionary War in the Garden State.

New Jersey's role in the Revolutionary War is widely overlooked. Every school kid learns about the Boston Tea Party but not the Greenwich tea burning; and about the miserable winter at Valley Forge but ...

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Overview

Hit the road with journalist Mark DiIonno as he takes you on a tour of New Jersey's extraordinary Revolutionary War history. Listing more than 350 historic sites throughout the state, DiIonno has compiled the most complete guide ever to the Revolutionary War in the Garden State.

New Jersey's role in the Revolutionary War is widely overlooked. Every school kid learns about the Boston Tea Party but not the Greenwich tea burning; and about the miserable winter at Valley Forge but not Jockey Hollow. Schools find class trips to Philadelphia's Independence Hall but not Princeton's Nassau Hall. To find history in New Jersey, all you need is DiIonno's book as your guide. His eay-to-read volume helsp readers explore the cities and the countryside from Bergen to Cape May County to find out exactly what happened there during the Revolutionary War.

While previously published book center on the highlights-Fort Lee and Washington's retreat across the state, victories at Trenton and Princeton, the brutal winter encampment at Jockey Hollow and the Battle of Monmouth-DiIonno fills in the blanks. Battlefields, churches, homes of the famous and infamous, cemeteries, parks, taverns, liberty poles, bridges, creeks, hills, museums, encampment sites, lighthouses, historical societies, walking trails, monuments, plaques-if it played a part in or commemorates the Revolutionary War in New Jersey, DiIonno tells you what happened there, the personalities involved, and how to see it for yourself.

The sites are conveniently catalogued by county, with a helpful summary of the area's war history beginning each chapter. Each entry lists the town and directions to each site, and where appropriate, a complete address, telephone numbers, and hours of operation. Both public and private sites are described, and DiIonno advises readers of which private sites tours can be arranged.

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Editorial Reviews

Former Congressman Dick Zimmer

This is a book New Jersey has long needed. It opens our eyes to the rich Revolutionary War legacy that surrounds us.
Beachcomber

A quite astonishing number of battlefields, houses, bridges, etc., which figured in the [Revolutionary War] struggle are extant, thanks to the U.S. Park service and preservation groups. DiIonno lists, with maps and particulars, hundreds of them in his 224-page softback, and includes an illuminating final chapter on his often frustrating research process. DiIonnoÆs point that New JerseyÆs glorious Revolutionary War history needs much more attention in the schools here is well taken.
President, Friends of Monmouth Battlefield, Inc. - Richard S. Walling

This bookÆs appearance in the year 2000 is well timed to be in coordination with the NationÆs 225th anniversary of the American Revolution. DiIonno provides a basis for both New Jersey residents and out-of-state visitors to experience the full breadth and depth of New JerseyÆs unique role in the war. Every history teacher and school administrator should have a copy when they make plans for school field trips. Experiencing this crucial page of history by visiting the sites of the Revolution will make this period of American history more relevant, and better understood.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813527703
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2000
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 644,795
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations IX
Acknowledgments XI
Introduction I
Bergen County 15
Burlington County 26
Essex and Hudson Counties 36
Lower Delaware Region (Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties) 50
Mercer County 65
Middlesex County 84
Morris County 96
Passaic County 116
The Shore Counties (Monmouth, Atlantic, Ocean, and Cape May) 124
Somerset County 145
Union County 166
Upper Delaware Region (Hunterdon, Sussex, and Warren Counties) 190
The Research 199
Index 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

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    This is a wonderfully concise and artfully written compendium of what truly makes New Jersey a treasure trove for students of the American Revolution. Like me, the author has no qualms about lamenting the pitiful ignorance and incomprehensible apathy of New Jersey's own educators and politicians with regard to the crucial role New Jersey played in the most important event since the rise of the Roman Empire...the American Revolution and the founding of the United States of America. Mark Di Ionno's invaluable book goes a long way to guiding anyone so-inclined to discover the history under their very feet. Bravo Mark!

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