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Hamilton’s Army in Plainfield: The Union Camp of 1799-1800
Saturday, July 9, 2022 at 10:30 am
Presented by Historian, Ryan Radice
During the first major conflict of the early Republic, the Quasi-War, Alexander Hamilton and other staunch Federalist seized upon a turbulent national climate and concern over a French invasion to push for the establishment of a provisional army. Hamilton was effectively in charge of directing the “New Army”. Three regiments of the “New Army” were cantoned in a log hut city at the Vermeule property in Plainfield during the winter of 1799-1800. Known as the Union Camp, this winter cantonment represents one of the most significant impacts of the Quasi-War on the state of New Jersey.