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A Guide to New Jersey's Revolutionary War Trail: for Families and History Buffs Paperback – March 1, 2000
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"This is a book New Jersey has long needed. It opens our eyes to the rich Revolutionary War Legacy that surrounds us." -- Former congressman Dick Zimmer
From the Back Cover
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 the two winter encampments at Jockey Hollow. To find history in New Jersey, all you need is Mark Di Ionno as your guide. His easy-to-read volume helps residents and visitors explore the towns and the countryside from Bergen County to Cape May to find out exactly what happened throughout the state during the Revolutionary War.
While previous publications center on the highlights- the fall of Fort Lee and Washington's retreat across the state, the crossing of the Delaware, the brutal winter encampments at Jockey Hollow, and the battle of Monmouth- Di Ionno fills in the blanks. Battlefields, churches, homes of the famous and infamous, cemeteries, parks, taverns, creeks, museums, lighthouses, historical societies, walking trails, monuments- if it played a part in or commemorates the Revolutionary War in New Jersey, Di Ionno tells you what happened there, the personalities involved, and how to find it for yourself.
The sites are conveniently listed 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 Di Ionno advises readers at which private sites tours can be arranged.
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Top Customer Reviews
As a kid growing up in New Jersey I had only been taught the basics of what happened here during the Revolution. I had heard the names and stories of famous places like Trenton, Princeton, or Morristown. But these were only the tip of the iceberg. After reading the guide I was surprised to discover that New Jersey is filled with countless places, events, and people connected to the Revolution that have somehow been forgotten by the history books.
For example, does anyone today know about the Battle of Springfield from which the classic image of Patriots skirmishing with Redcoats comes from? Or about the infamous Baylor massacre? Or the retreat of the American Army through Bergen County that inspired Thomas Paine? And what about names like Erskine, Lord Stirling, and Reverend Caldwell? And lets not forget George Washington's Secret Weapon!
These stories are here in this book and they make for a great read. After reading several pages I was inspired to seek out these places and view them firsthand. Exact locations are provided in the guide. In fact, I learned that several of them were right in my own backyard. Down the street from where I live are places once occupied by Washington, Lafayette, and Cornwallis.Read more ›
When you think of the revolutionary war, you think of Virginia, Massachusetts and Philadelphia. But New Jersey is just as important and in many ways more important than those states, however because it is so corporate and developed, you would never know this.
The author does a great job of telling the story of the "unsung hero" of the revolutionary war (NJ).
Whereever you are in NJ, there is a good chance there is a piece of history not too far - in fact, I live in Franklin Park and work in Warren and there are many places covered in his book that I had no idea existed that are a stones throw from both my office and my home.
For example there is a house that dates back to the early 1700's that is at the end of a road right across from the National Starch and Chemical world HQ's that is at the end of an industrial road. Seeing it is very surreal - this is the only second place in his book I have gone to see so far, but I plan on going to many more (and hopefully dragging my fiance as well).
Overall anyone who is interested in american history and who lives in or around NJ, this book is no doubt a must have.
Most people know, however, that a house or a monument can be surprisingly lifeless without the aid of a good guide. That's where the author's skill comes in. Mark Di Ionno, an undisputed expert of New Jersey history, brings these sites to life with the narrative skill of both historian and novelist. His writing is precise and sincerely enthusiastic, as he reviews these important historic places with a young boy's zeal. This is a book about discovery, and it encourages the process of learning by aimless wandering.
The author brings us 250 sites from every corner of the state, including both the most famous and off-the-beaten-path places. The chapters are organized by county, and there are some black & white photographs of the most well-known sites.
The book is both a catalog of sites and a narrative guide to them. It is not, however, a traditional travel guide. There are no detailed listings of hotels and restaurants. This book is like having the world's best story-teller at your disposal as a tour guide.
Overall, a good book, not great and I would recommend if you would like a more personal look at NJ and the Revolutionary War and sites of interest.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't know why this book is not more well known. It is excellent. It's full of little known facts, locations and stories all in a convenient single, easy to read volume.Published 12 months ago by MBHK
recommended by a professor on the subject and will be useful as we travel around NJPublished 13 months ago by Elaine Hoffman
If you love history and have ever been curious about New Jersey History, this is definitely the book for youPublished on December 13, 2013 by Kindle Customer
This book is the Best!!!
I've been born and raised in New Jersey, and being a HUGE American Revolution fan, this book is a God Sent!!! Read more