pennsylvania history James J. Gigantino II, ed. The American Revolution in New Jersey: Where the Battlefront Meets the Home Front. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2015. 222 pp. Tables. Paper, $31.95. When generals Howe and Washington settled into winter quarters in New York City and Morristown, New Jersey, in 1777, the Revolutionary War was a year and a half old, but the main battle lines for the remainder of conflict had been established. Howe, and subsequent British commanders, held New York City until the conclusion of the war in 1783, utilizing it as their premier base of operations in America. Despite never attacking, Washington predicated his entire strategy on one day driving his foes from the city. This situation ensured that New Jersey became prey to both armies. Called the “Garden State” for a reason, the state’s abundant agricultural products proved critical to the subsistence of the neighboring armies. Foraging parties clashed with one another and militia units, while Patriot and Tory vigilantes alike terrorized the populace, making New Jersey one of the bloodiest and nasti- est theaters of the war. Few recognize the critical importance, outside of the battles of Trenton and Princeton, played by the state
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