Saturday's monsoon was chased out by sunny skies and 60 degrees, so I took the bike out for a short ride.
We wound up at Jockey Hollow, which is part of Morristown National Historical Park. General Washington and his men spent two winters here...and it was from here that the Continental Army and a French army led by General Rochambeau eventually departed for the conclusive showdown against Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown.
While encamped at Jockey Hollow on January 1, 1781 almost 3000 troops mutinied. Their plan was to leave ranks and march on Congress in Philadelphia to demand back pay owed them. Their officers tried to prevent this from happening, and fired a cannon over their heads to try to take the steam out of their treason. The mutineers rushed the cannon, and in the chaos a loyal Pennsylvania Captain named Adam Bettin was shot and killed. The site of his death is marked with a simple stone.
On their way to Philadelphia the mutineers were approached by two British agents who were sent to convince the Americans to come over to the British side. The agents were placed in custody. Once in Philadelphia, Congress and the mutineers negotiated a settlement. The British agents were executed. Washington survived the mutiny and won the war just 10 months later.
For most people today this place is a convenient area to hike, walk the dog, jog, or picnic. It is not obvious a patriot died here in a great uncertain struggle to be free.