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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.
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 ...
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.
|Essex and Hudson Counties||36|
|Lower Delaware Region (Camden, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem Counties)||50|
|The Shore Counties (Monmouth, Atlantic, Ocean, and Cape May)||124|
|Upper Delaware Region (Hunterdon, Sussex, and Warren Counties)||190|
Posted January 18, 2008
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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.