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Historic battle to be re-enacted at Morris
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“ …We, sir, are fighting the battle of America — as to surrendering the fort, receive this laconic reply — come and take it!”
That was the famous response American Col. John McIntosh sent to British Lt. Col. Lewis V. Fuser in reply to his demand
for the surrender of Fort Morris on Nov. 25, 1778, during the American Revolution.
The fort is now offering its visitors the opportunity to step back in time and witness a great moment in American history.
In remembrance of the battle, Fort Morris will have soldier talks, musket drills, cannon demonstrations, domestic skills, colonial crafts and colonial music with Jamie Keena from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21.
The event will begin with a wreath laying ceremony by the Sons of the American Revolution to commemorate the battle and those who served. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a tactical skirmish between opposing forces followed by a portrayal of the correspondence between the Patriot and British officers.
Local author Meredith Devendorf will be on hand to sign copies of her new book about Liberty County, “Images of America: Liberty County.”
The event is free, sponsored by the city of Flemington and the Friends of Fort Morris.
Fort Morris is seven miles east of I-95, exit 76. Follow the brown Liberty Trail signs.
For more information, call 884-5999 or go to and click Fort Morris.
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