Passaic 's Vital Role in The Revolutionary War
In 1776, Washington and his Continental Army were retreating from British forces in New York City. As they made their way through New Jersey, Washington realized that the Acquackanonk Bridge was a critical location that could be used to slow the British advance. The bridge, which crossed the Passaic River, was an important link between the British forces in New York and their supply lines in New Jersey.
Washington ordered his troops to destroy the bridge, hoping to delay the British advance and buy time for his forces to regroup. The troops succeeded in destroying the bridge, and the British were forced to find an alternate route. This delay gave Washington and his army the time they needed to escape to safety.
The Acquackanonk Bridge was eventually rebuilt, and it continued to play a strategic role in the war. In 1780, the bridge was the site of a skirmish between American and British forces, with both sides seeking control of the critical location.
Today, the Acquackanonk Bridge is a historic site that serves as a reminder of the critical role it played in the American Revolution. George Washington's decision to destroy the bridge was a bold move that helped turn the tide of the war, and it remains an important part of the nation's history and heritage.
Photo: General Washington’s crossing of the Delaware River
Photo: General Washington’s Plaque at the Acquackanonk Bridge in Passaic
Photo: General Washington’s Plaque at Veterans ParkPhoto: General Washington’s Plaque at Veterans Park