November 2020
Crossroads Gazette
Ft. Lee
“The Times That Try Men’s Souls” – the Fall of Fort Lee and the Retreat Across New Jersey
In November 1776, General George Washington made the difficult decision to abandon Fort Lee on the Hudson River, following the British capture of Fort Washington in New York. Leaving much of their supplies and artillery behind, the Continental Army began a harrowing withdrawal across New Jersey, with the British Army not far behind. Conditions for Washington and his troops looked bleak, and journalist Thomas Paine, traveling with them, famously described the period as “the times that try men’s souls.”

On November 22, Historic New Bridge Landing presents living history and scholarship in recognition of the start of the retreat across New Jersey. Activities include a reading of Paine’s “The Crisis” and an exhibit of antique political cartoons of the American Revolution with talk by antiquarian Marta Black. Visit the Bergen County Historical Society website for more information and to RSVP.
While no formal programming will mark the anniversary at Fort Lee Historic Park and the Visitor Center is currently closed, visitors are welcome to explore the grounds and trail system in Palisades Interstate Park
2020 Crossing of the Delaware, Patriots Week Cancelled
Crossroads of the American Revolution has learned that the 2020 reenactment of Washington’s December 1776 Crossing of the Delaware River and Trenton’s Patriots Week have been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please follow Crossroads’ social media for information on pre-recorded programming on the Crossing and other commemorative events as they’re scheduled.
New Trustees Elected to Crossroads Board
Crossroads of the American Revolution Association’s board of trustees elected three new members during its most recent quarterly meeting. The Association is the not-for-profit organization that manages Crossroas of the Revolution National Heritage Area. New trustees include:
  • Edward Allison, Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager for Investors Bank, West Trenton
  • Iris M. Delgado, Executive Director, Democratic Assembly Campaign Committee
  • Tony Perry, Mayor of Middletown Township, NJ

Crossroads’ board and staff welcome Edward, Iris and Tony and value their contributions moving forward as we work with the New Jersey Historical Commission on Revolution NJ, the state’s commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the United States.

Iris visited the Proprietary House recently to reflect on Crossroads’ opportunities to help all New Jerseyans connect with the state’s Revolutionary heritage. Hear her perspectives here.
Quarterly Revolution NJ Session Features Update, Perspectives on Black Soldiers

Members and friends of New Jersey’s Revolutionary heritage community were among the attendees of the October update session for Revolution NJ. Topics covered during the virtual meeting included updates on initiative funding, results of listening sessions with key communities, and pending results of a statewide social studies curriculum survey that will determine priority areas for Revolution NJ education initiatives.

Guest speaker Algernon Ward, Jr. of the 1st Rhode Island Regiment Reenactors, Inc. presented “Freedom First: Black Soldiers in the American Revolution.” Citing examples on both the British and American sides of the war, Ward related the rationale for Black men to join the British forces, as well as the evolving attitudes and regulations that first restricted then allowed Blacks to join the Continental Army.

The full meeting replay can be accessed on YouTube. Additional resources on Black soldiers during the Revolution are available in the meeting summary on our website.
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Board of Trustees
Thomas H. Kean, Honorary Chair ● Sally Lane, Chair ● Edward Allison ● Steve Ayscue ● David Capozzi  
Laura Crowley, CPA ● Iris Delgado ● Dale Florio ● Jennifer Godoski ● Seth Hahn ● Joshua Henne  
Ira Jersey ● Jeff Kaszerman  Tony Perry  Rocky Peterson ● Laura Szwak

Crossroads Staff
Janice Selinger, Executive Director ● Sue Kaufmann, Communications Director
Amy Osterhout, Program Manager ● Roseann Butterfield, Office Administrator