The War Office, Lebanon – Jerry Dougherty

The town of Lebanon, located in New London County, is one of the state’s largest towns at 55.4 square miles. Incorporated in 1700, Lebanon was the first settlement in the Connecticut Colony that received a biblical name. Best known for its role in the American Revolution, Lebanon was an important base of American operations and is often referred to as the “Heartbeat of the Revolution.” Today, the town retains much of its agrarian culture. Its historic town green is one of the largest in the nation and the only one still partially used for agriculture.

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US National Park Service. “Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor,” 2017. Link.
Town of Lebanon Connecticut. “Revolutionary War Office,” 2017. Link.
“The Last Green Valley,” 2017. Link.


“Dr. William Beaumont Birthplace,” 2017. Link.
“Governor Jonathan Trumbull House,” 2017. Link.
“Jonathan Trumbull Jr. House Museum,” 2017. Link.
“Lebanon Historial Society Museum and Visitors Center,” 2017. Link.
Town of Lebanon Connecticut. “Revolutionary War Office,” 2017. Link.


“Broadside: At a Meeting of the Governor and Council of Safety, Held in Lebanon, on the First Day of July, A.D. 1777.” Council of Safety, Connecticut, 1777. Connecticut History Illustrated, Connecticut Historical Society. Link.
Connecticut State Library Digital Collections. “Lebanon - WPA Architectural Survey,” 2016. Link.
“Lebanon Collection.” Connecticut Digital Archive, n.d. Link.


Marshall, Benjamin Tinkham, ed. A Modern History of New London County, Connecticut. Vol. 1. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1922. Link.
Town of Lebanon, and Alicia Wayland. Around the Lebanon Green: An Architectural and Historical Review of Lebanon, Connecticut. Lebanon,  CT: Town of Lebanon, 1999.
Lebanon Historical Society, and Alicia Wayland. Lebanon. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004.
Lebanon Historical Society, and John Sutherland. Lebanon Recalled: Twentieth-Century Change in a Connecticut Farming Community. Lebanon,  CT: Lebanon Historical Society, 2001.
Milne, George McLean, and Lebanon Historical Society. Lebanon: Three Centuries in a Connecticut Hilltop Town. Canaan, NH: Lebanon Historical Society, 1986.


Altimari, Dave. “Lebanon ‘War Office’ Played Central Role In Revolutionary War Planning.” Hartford Courant, May 23, 2014. Link.