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Fort Mifflin

 
 
Fort Mifflin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
1. Fort Mifflin Marker
Inscription. Laid out in 1771 by the engineer John Montrésor. Heroically held by the Americans under British siege until they were forced out, Nov. 15, 1777. Rebuilt 1798-1800 according to L’Enfant’s design and enlarged in the 19th century. A U.S. military post until the 1950s.
 
Erected 1989 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Battlefield Trails - Revolutionary War, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 39° 52.589′ N, 75° 12.733′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is on W Fort Mifflin Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 Fort Mifflin Road, Philadelphia PA 19153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. From Marsh to Solid Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Hospital & Mess Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Mifflin (Mud Fort) on Mud Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Artillery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quartermaster’s Store
Marker at Fort Mifflin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
2. Marker at Fort Mifflin
(about 400 feet away); Casemates or Bombproofs (about 400 feet away); Soldiers’ Barracks (about 400 feet away); Doretta A. McMunn (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follow the walking tour of Fort Mifflin.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Fort that saved America. The Official Website of Fort Mifflin on the Delaware (Submitted on October 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Siege of Fort Mifflin. The Philadelphia Campaign, 1777. (Submitted on October 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Fort Mifflin Groundplan. Layout of Fort Mifflin, the Fort that saved America. (Submitted on October 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

4. Fort Mifflin - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryWar, US Revolutionary
 
Main Gate of Fort Mifflin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
3. Main Gate of Fort Mifflin
Fort Mifflin, a National Monument and Historic Landmark, is located on Mud Island (no longer a true island) on the Delaware River, south of Philadelphia.
Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
4. Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River
The British took the American capital in Philadelphia in the fall of 1777, but the American occupation of Fort Mifflin prevented the British from resupplying the city. A siege and artillery assault finally forced the Americans to abandon the fort on November 15.
Fort Mifflin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
5. Fort Mifflin
American troops withstood a siege and naval bombardment from November 10 through 15, 1777 before being forced to abandon Fort Mifflin. They held out long enough, however, to allow Gen. George Washington to safely remove his army to Valley Forge.
Fort Mifflin National Historic Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
6. Fort Mifflin National Historic Landmark Marker
Fort Mifflin
has been designated a
Registered National
Historic Landmark
Under the provisions of the
Historic Sites Act of August 21, 1935
this site possesses exceptional value
in commemorating and illustrating
the history of the United States

U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service
1970
Other markers at Fort Mifflin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
7. Other markers at Fort Mifflin
The National Historic Landmark Marker is one of several located near the main gate of Fort Mifflin.
Main Gate of Fort Mifflin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
8. Main Gate of Fort Mifflin
Markers shown in the previous photo are on the wall to the right of the entrance to the fort.
Battle in Fort Mifflin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2013
9. Battle in Fort Mifflin
British and American troops face off inside Fort Mifflin.
Main Gate at Fort Mifflin image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
10. Main Gate at Fort Mifflin
Note the keystone directly above the Main Gate entrance to Fort Mifflin. The photo was taken from inside the fort.
Keystone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
11. Keystone
The keystone was placed to commemorate French engineer Lewis Tousard's completing Fort Mifflin in 1798.
Closeup of Keystone image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
12. Closeup of Keystone
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,352 times since then and 11 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   9. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   10, 11, 12. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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