Fort Nonsense

4_21_13_Morristown Encampment_078Dubiously referred to as Fort Nonsense, this highest point overlooking Morristown and much of the surrounding area contains cannon and earthworks for park visitors. While no evidence suggests General Washington declared this fortified position to be nonsense of any sort, he did maintain that it was a point of necessity for soldiers to fall back on should they need to retreat from town. As he moved down to the Middlebrook encampment in Somerset County in May of 1777, Washington ordered that the position on this high ground be constructed and strengthened for any future action. It is also believed that a beacon was constructed on this site for the purpose of signaling an alarm when British movement was detected.


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