Governors Island in New York County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In this harbor a system of forts stood ready to protect New York; nearly a dozen were built before the War of 1812. Cannons in the forts combined to create a deadly, interlocking field of fire that could stop invading warships.
“The City and Harbor of New York have been lately fortified against the assaults of a naval enemy at a very great expense. [The forts] mount about 300 cannon and mortars, for the working of which 3,500 men are required.”
- A Gazetteer of the State of New York, 1813
The guns of Castle Williams, together with the other forts, created overlapping fields of fire with five other forts (Jay, Wood, Gibson, Clinton, and South Battery).
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 41.584′ N, 74° 1.14′ W. Marker is in Governors Island, New York, in New York County. Marker is at the intersection of Carder Road and Hay Road, on the left when traveling west on Carder Road. Click for map. Marker is located on Governors Island, near Castle Williams. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 Across the Harbor: Remembering September 11th (here, next to this marker); Castle Williams (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Castle Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Early North American Colonist Remains (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Castle Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); Andes Road (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Governors Island History in Brief (about 600 feet away); McKim, Meade & White, Architects of Governors Island (about 700 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Governors Island.
More about this marker. An outline of the American coast appears on the left of the marker with the captions “By 1810 the U.S. Army had built fortifications along America’s eastern coast.” and “Look through the nearby scopes to see Castle Clinton in Manhattan and the site of Fort Gibson on Ellis Island.”
The right side of the marker features a map of lower Manhattan and New York Harbor. The locations of Castle Clinton, Fort Jay, Fort Wood, Fort Gibson, Castle Williams and South Battery are shown along with their firing radii.
Also see . . .
1. History of Governors Island. The Trust for Governors (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Governors Island. New York Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Governors Island National Monument. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.