SPRINGFIELD, NJ — 240 years ago, on June 23, 1780, British and Hessian troops looking to capture George Washington's forces in Morristown were repulsed by American forces in colonial Springfield. Following the battle, they would never again try to go through the Garden State to get to Washington.
In order to commemorate the historic moment, the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have conducted a commemoration ceremony in the Battle Ground Cemetery at 39 Mountain Ave. ever since they took ownership in 1953.
Church and Cannon Chapter, NSDAR Chapter Regent Nancy Donhauser and Linda Jurczak, NJDAR State Treasurer and Chapter Cemetery Chair knew it would take more than a pandemic this year to keep them from remembering the patriots who fought in the Battle of Springfield.
The COVID-19 restrictions put in place earlier this year that require social distancing and the wearing of masks would have made a public ceremony difficult and unsafe for the 30-50 participants that usually gather in the confined space of the historic burial ground.
So to be sure that the 240th anniversary would be remembered by the public, even without a crowd, TAPinto Springfield received the photos in the gallery above from Jurczak to help celebrate the anniversary.
Information about the Battle of Springfield, the DAR and SAR can be found on the information center in the cemetery which is open to respectful visitors from dawn to dusk, or interested parties can go to the chapter website: cac.njdar.org .