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Billingsport, New Jersey

 
 
Billingsport, New Jersey	 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
1. Billingsport, New Jersey Marker
Inscription.
      General Thaddeus Kosciuszko assisted in directing the modifications of the fort at Billingsport during the American Revolution which prevented the British Navy from entering Philadelphia in the fall of 1777.

      This was the first engineering assignment General Kosciuszko received from the Continental Congress.

      Designated a Kosciuszko Military Engineering site by the Copernicus Society of America under the authority of a Concurrent Resolution of The U. S. Congress – S. Con. Res. 44
 
Location. 39° 50.873′ N, 75° 15.076′ W. Marker is in Paulsboro, New Jersey, in Gloucester County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Clonmell Road and N Delaware Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located on the banks of the Delaware River, in Fort Billings Park. Marker is in this post office area: Paulsboro NJ 08066, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dennis Leary & William Barney (a few steps from this marker); The Fort at Billingsport (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Billingsport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse
Billingsport, New Jersey	 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
2. Billingsport, New Jersey Marker
(approx. 0.6 miles away); C. A. Nothnagle Log House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Tinicum (approx. 2.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Tinicum Township (approx. 2.6 miles away in Pennsylvania); Lazaretto Quarantine Station (approx. 2.7 miles away in Pennsylvania). Click for a list of all markers in Paulsboro.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Billingsport, New Jersey	 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
3. Billingsport, New Jersey Marker
Though never completed, for about a month in 1777 Fort Billingsport held off the British navy as it tried to sail upriver to Philadelphia. It remained an active fort until 1815.
Marker in in Fort Billings Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
4. Marker in in Fort Billings Park
Purchased for 600 pounds on July 5, 1776 by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Fort Billingsport is believed to be the first purchase of land by the newly formed national government.
Marker on the Delaware River image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
5. Marker on the Delaware River
Most of the site of Fort Billings is currently occupied by an oil refinery.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 257 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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