Washington Rock

Washington Rock (HM1505)

Location: Green Brook Township, NJ 08812 Somerset County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.794', W 74° 28.37'

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In May, 1777, General George Washington moved his army from Morristown to the Watchung Mountains above Bound Brook. The British Army, under the command of Sir William Howe, were reinforcing their base at New Brunswick and hoping to draw the American army into a decisive battle that would end the war.

The rock offered Washington an unobstructed view of British bases in Perth Amboy and New Brunswick, as well as fleet movements in the lower New York Harbor. Washington's objective was to prevent Howe from moving south through New Jersey to attack Philadelphia, while being in position to flank the British if they moved into the Hudson. Control of the mountains, which served as a natural fort, gave Washington's army the advantage of setting the terms of potential engagements.

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HM NumberHM1505
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Year Placed2012
Placed BySomerset County / Green Brook Township Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8:38pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 544593 N 4495957
Decimal Degrees40.61323333, -74.47283333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.794', W 74° 28.37'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 47.64" N, 74° 28' 22.20" W
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Area Code(s)732, 908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 58-60 Rock Rd E, Green Brook Township NJ 08812, US
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