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Washington Encampment Re-enactment Comes To Hackensack Green

Re-enactors will be on hand in Hackensack this Novembe, to give details about the encampment.
Re-enactors will be on hand in Hackensack this Novembe, to give details about the encampment. Photo Credit: Marian Moore

HACKENSACK, N.J. -- To commemorate the 240th anniversary of George Washington's encampment on "The Green," which took place in November 1776, Hackensack will be hosting a special program Nov. 12.

The event will begin at noon on the Courthouse Green, at Main and Court streets, in Hackensack -- the actual site of the 1776 encampment.

If there is inclement weather, the commemoration will take place at the Johnson Public Library, 274 Main St.

The commemoration program will include local re-enactors speaking about the events that led up to the encampment, the encampment itself and the events that took place after they broke camp and continued in their retreat.

Re-enactors also will be available afterward to field questions.

"Washington's time at Hackensack marked one of the lowest periods for the Continental Army," said re-enactor and historian Ed Moderacki, who will be participating in the event. "The British had inflicted a series of defeats on the Continentals during the New York campaign.

"Then, on Nov. 16, Fort Washington fell, with the loss of twenty-eight hundred men. Four days later, the British successfully invaded New Jersey, and Washington led his portion of the Army on his retreat across New Jersey.

"On Washington's last night in Hackensack, all he had to do to see the threat to his army was to look across the Hackensack River. Along the east bank of the Hackensack, the campfires of the British Army shone brightly."

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