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On This Day-1776, 1780, 1781 The Revolution
January 1, 1776 – General George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag for the first time.
January 1, 1780 – Located at Sperry Park on Riverside Drive in Cranford, a marker
commemorates the winter of 1779-80 cantonment of Continental Army troops during the
Revolutionary War along the river here, part of a 2,000 man front protecting George
Washington’s troops at Morristown. Here, Brigadier General William Irvine established
headquarters of the forward defense line on January 1, 1780. The front stretched in an arc from
Newark to Perth Amboy, with Crane’s Mills (Cranford) in the center. Several Continental Army
generals headquartered here. Alexander Hamilton visited the Crane’s Mills cantonment and
Hessian prisoners are known to have passed through here. The marker was placed by the
Crane’s Ford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1977.
January 1, 1781 – 1,500 soldiers of the 6th Pennsylvania Regiment under General Anthony
Wayne’s command rebel against the Continental Army’s winter camp in Morristown, New Jersey
as part of the Pennsylvania (Continentals; Regiment) Mutiny of 1781.