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painting of George Washington on a horse
"Washington Receiving a Salute on the Field of Trenton."
From the engraving by William Holl (1865), after the painting by John Faed.

DURING two critical winters of the Revolutionary War, 1777 and 1779—80, the rolling countryside in and around Morristown, N. J., sheltered the main encampments of the American Continental Army and served as the headquarters of its famed Commander in Chief, George Washington. Patriot troops were also quartered in this vicinity on many other occasions. Here Washington reorganized his weary and depleted forces almost within sight of strong British lines at New York. Here came Lafayette with welcome news of the second French expedition sent to aid the Americans. And here was developed, in the face of bitter cold, hunger, hardship, and disease, the Nation's will to independence and freedom. Thus for a time this small New Jersey village became the military capital of the United States, the testing ground of a great people in its heroic fight for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."


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