Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Fort Lee Historic Park
"The Times That Try Men's Souls"
Commemoration of the Retreat from Fort Lee
November 20-21, 2010
Fort Lee was constructed in 1776 to be used in conjunction with Fort Washington, located diagonally to the north on the opposite side of the Hudson River as a means of closing the vital waterway to British shipping.
On November 20, 1776, British General, Cornwallis, ferried about 5,000 men across the Hudson River north of Fort Lee. When word reached George Washington, he ordered an immediate retreat from Fort Lee before his army could be cut off and captured by the British. Most of the American supplies and artillery had to be left behind. These were indeed the darkest days for the Revolution and led to Thomas Paine's famous words, "These are the times that try men's souls…"
Members from over a dozen Living History groups will commemorate the 234th Anniversary of the British Invasion of New Jersey at Fort Lee Historic Park on the weekend of 20 & 21 November 2010. Re-enactors representing Continentals, Militia, British, Hessian & Loyalist troops will take part in different field and camp activities throughout the weekend.
Schedule of Events
Saturday, November 20
10:00 AM Camps Open to the Public.
12:00 Noon Parade to Monument Park.
1:45 PM Pay Call in camp.
2:15 PM Artillery Demonstration.
3:00 PM Battle of the Blockhouse.
5:00 PM Site Closed.
Saturday, November 21
FREE Admission, $5 Parking Fee. Fort Lee Historic Park is located on Hudson Terrace immediately south of the George Washington Bridge. For more information or directions, please call 201 461-1776