New Jersey in the American Revolution   

The American Revolution

The Revolutionary War in North Jersey

Chronology of the events of the American Revolution

   Picture of William Franklin - from Franklin Institute Page 

Greenwich, an early seaport town and the location of the NJ Tea Party.

New Jersey Loyalists:

A History of the 1st Battalion, New Jersey Volunteers


Two meeting place for those with the Revolutionary Spirit:

Potter's Tavern, Bridgeton, NJ  --  home of  The Plain Dealer.


Indian King Tavern, Haddonfield, New Jersey

One of my essays, please send any comments or corrections.

The Battle of Red Bank 1777


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." On October 6, 1778, Chestnut Neck was burned and the British tried to continue up the river to destroy the Iron Works at Batsto.  

It is generally referred to as 

"The Battle of Chestnut Neck".

The British referred to it as "The Egg Harbor Expedition," which is a more accurate since it included;
The burning of Chestnut Neck,   
                                        the grounding of the British ships  and  
  the battle of Ridgway Farm. 

The Stillwell Sisters  - Heroines of the Revolution

A good website, with a tilt toward North Jersey this time.

New Jersey During the Revolution

Old Barracks MuseumWhat was life like for a Colonial Soldier?

Music, Video, Interactive Sound & Games

History of The Ford Mansion and The Wick Farm in Morristown, George Washington's Military Headquarters and Encampment for 13,000 Soldiers in Winter of 1779-1780 (Morristown National Historic Park)

Electronic New Jersey - This site has lessons in NJ History, very thought provoking.


 Great Reading!   Private Journal of Margaret Morris--December 6-17, 1776

In 1836, John J. Smith, Jr., the grandson of Margaret Morris, had a journal reprinted  kept by his grandmother in the weeks prior to the Battle of Trenton.  She resided in Burlington, New Jersey.  The journal was kept for her sister who resided in Montgomery Square, Pa.  The journal, excerpted here, details her fears, beliefs and concerns.

Lighthouse of the Revolution
(link is currently missing, but I hope to find it again)
article by John J. Rust from Lighthouse Digest 11/96

New Jersey Founding Fathers  (National Archives)

Contains portraits of signors of constitution

Constitution Society

The New Jersey Constitution of 1776

Special Note: This Constitution did not specifically give or take away the right of women to vote. In fact women did vote under this Constitution.


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