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Soldiers’ Barracks

1798

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2013
1. Soldiers’ Barracks Marker
Inscription.
Report from the Fort
21 January 1802 • Major J. J. Ulrich Rivardi

One side of brick barracks, 117 feet long, 28 wide and very divided into seven rooms, five of which could accommodate 25 men…the other side is quite small and intended for non-commissioned officers. The building is very good.

The long brick building with a porch was constructed as part of the 1794-98 rebuilding of the fort, replacing whatever impressive architecture was left after the Revolution. During the 1835-39 restoration, the roof was changed to provide living space on the second floor. A complaint from the commanding officer to his superior in February 1864 indicated that the alteration was less than successful.

The present roof design may have resulted from these complaints. Today no open partitions exist on the second floor and two walls on the first floor have been removed, leaving only three of the original five rooms. Five large fireplaces identify the room spaces. The two small rooms designated by Rivardi to be used by non-commissioned officers, may have been for musicians. A request by the Commander of musicians and for snare heads, drum heads, drum sticks and other things demonstrate that drummers and fifers were standard members of the garrison. These rooms were on the east side of the building. Each had a center
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By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
2. Marker at Fort Mifflin
fireplace and a separate entrance.

The soldiers ranged in age from 16 to 44 and their trades or professions included everything from laborer to distiller and papermaker. Home “states” were listed as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Germany, England, Ireland and France.

When the Fort was garrisoned for the Civil War, specific orders defined activities of the day. Order No 3. dated September 8, 1863 lists the activities performed at Fort Mifflin, from Reveille to Taps, and their times.
 
Erected by Fort Mifflin Historic Site.
 
Location. 39° 52.537′ N, 75° 12.773′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker can be reached from W Fort Mifflin Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is along the walking tour of Fort Mifflin. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19153, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quartermaster’s Store (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Mifflin (Mud Fort) on Mud Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Arsenal (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers’ Quarters (within shouting distance of
Soldiers’ Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
3. Soldiers’ Barracks
This photo shows the gabled roof and colonnaded gallery that faces the parade ground.
this marker); Casemates or Bombproofs (within shouting distance of this marker); Powder Magazine (within shouting distance of this marker); Citadel - 1796 (within shouting distance of this marker); Torpedo Casemate (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains a picture of a military drummer. Also on the marker are pictures of various equipment used by soldiers at Fort Mifflin, as well as a list of Clothing & Utensils, Weapons and Artillery Tools.
 
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 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Fort Mifflin Groundplan. Layout of Fort Mifflin, the Fort that saved America. (Submitted on October 21, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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British Soldiers at the Barracks Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2013
4. British Soldiers at the Barracks Marker
Revolutionary War Soldiers at the Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 10, 2013
5. Revolutionary War Soldiers at the Barracks
Inside the Soldiers’ Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
6. Inside the Soldiers’ Barracks
This is one of the smaller rooms designed to house non-commissioned officers.
Inside the Soldiers’ Barracks image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
7. Inside the Soldiers’ Barracks
The larger rooms in the Soldiers’ Barracks, such as this one, could accommodate up to 25 men.
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By Bill Coughlin, October 11, 2008
8. Soldiers’ Barracks in Fort Mifflin
The Soldiers’ Barracks can be seen behind the cannon on the Parade Grounds at Fort Mifflin.
 
 
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