Wallington, New Jersey Revolutionary War Sites
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REVOLUTIONARY WAR SITES IN WALLINGTON, NEW JERSEY

Wallington NJ Revolutionary War Sites
ACQUACKNONK BRIDGE
Acquackanonk Bridge
Wallington NJ

Acquacknonk Bridge
Corner of Main St. and Passaic St.
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A sign at the bridge reads:
"Acquacknonk Bridge - Gen. George Washington's army pursued by the British crossed over here November 21, 1776 destroying the wooden bridge behind them." [1]

Please note that Washington's Army crossed over the bridge into Passaic which has listings related to the crossing.

Next to the Acquackanonk Bridge site is Liberty Crossing Park, dedicated Oct 20, 2007. "Liberty Crossing" commemorates the November 21, 1776 crossing.

Liberty Crossing Park
Wallington, New Jersey
Wallington NJ Revolutionary War Sites
GENERAL CASIMIR PULASKI MONUMENT
General Casimir Pulaski Monument
Wallington NJ
General Pulaski Monument
General Casimir Pulaski Monument
Main Ave. near Locust St.
Map / Directions to the Pulaski Monument
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General Casimir Pulaski was born on March 6, 1745 in Warsaw, Poland. In 1777, he came to America to fight on the American side in the Revolutionary War. He commanded a group of cavalry which was formed in 1778 [2] known as Pulaski's Legion, and he is remembered as the "Father of American Cavalry." He died on October 11, 1779 from wounds suffered at the Battle of Savannah, Georgia.

The statue was sculpted by Mieczyslaw "Karol" Partyka ((1958-2009), a Polish-born sculpture who emigrated to New York in 1989. The monument was dedicated October 4, 2002. [3]

There are two other monuments to General Pulaski in New Jersey: one in Paterson, and the other in Pennsauken. In addition to these, there is a sidewalk plaque in North Arlington honoring Pulaski, and the Pulaski Skyway is named for him.

In 2009, Pulaski was made an Honorary Citizen of the United States [4]. Honorary Citizenship has rarely been granted; only eight people in the entire history of the United States have received it. Two of the others who have received Honorary Citizenship were also European officers who fought for the American side in the Revolutionary War: Marquis Lafayette of France, and Bernardo de Gálvez of Spain. [5]

Sources:

1. ^ Sign placed by the Combined Civic Organizations of Wallington on November 21, 1976.

2. ^  Continental Congress, Saturday, March 28, 1778:
Roscoe R. Hill, Editor, Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774-1789, Volume X. January 1 - May 1, 1778 (Washington D.C. : Government Printing Office, 1908) page 290
Available to be read at the Internet Archive here

3. ^ Sculptor credit dedication date information from bottom plaque on the front of the monument.
For more about the sculptor, see the following articles:
• Irving Dejohn and Jonathan Lemire, "Polish-born Brooklyn Sculptor Karol Washes up on Nearby Neach After Working on Boat in Storm," New York Daily News, July 28, 2009
"A Retrospective Exhibition of Mieczyslaw "Karol" Partyka (1958-2009)," Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York; June 10, 2010

4. ^  Congressional Record: Senate: Vol. 155, Part 5 (Washington D.C. : Government Printing Office, 2009) pages 6153 - 6154
Available to be read at Google Books here

5. ^  The other five people granted Honorary United States Citizenship are: Winston Churchill, Raoul Wallenberg, William and Hannah Callowhill Penn, and Mother Theresa. Only Churchill and Mother Theresa received the Honorary Citizenship while they were alive. All other received it posthumously.
See the document:
U.S. Department of State Foreign Affairs Manual Volume 7 – Consular Affairs / HONORARY CITIZENSHIP, which is available to be read on the U.S. State Department website here
 ▸ Note that Pulaski and de Gálvez are not listed in this document, because it was published in 2008, before either had been granted the honor.
  • Pulaski was granted Honorary Citizenship in 2009 (See Source Note 2),
  • Bernardo de Gálvez was granted Honorary Citizenship in 2014 (See H.J.Res.105 - Conferring honorary citizenship of the United States on Bernardo de Gálvez at the Library of Congress website here)