Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A typical magazine had thick native stone walls filled with soil which protected a massive brick archway where the munitions were housed. A wooden door leading to the storage area provided ready access to the gun-powder stores while minimizing the hazard of an enemy round striking the explosive powder.
To safeguard the munitions from adverse weather, a sloping board or shingled roof was built atop the stone walls to furnish a secure gunpowder storage area.
Gunpowder is a mixture of saltpeter, sulphur and charcoal. When compressed and ignited this black powder explodes and can propel shot or cannon balls from muzzle-loaded rifles, mortars and artillery.
Erected by Fort Lee Historic Park.
Location. 40° 50.991′ N, 73° 57.796′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Click for map. Marker is in Fort Lee Historic Park on a walking trail to the south of the Visitor Center. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Mortar Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Abatis Construction at Fort Lee (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Palisades Interstate Park (about 400 feet away); The American Crisis (about 400 feet away); Musketry Breastwork (about 500 feet away); Soldier Hut (about 500 feet away); The Barbette Battery (about 500 feet away); Fort Lee Historic Park (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a picture of a cross section of a magazine, showing a soldier stacking barrels or gunpowder.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follows the walking tour of Fort Lee Historic Park.
Also see . . . The Battle of Fort Washington. The American Revolution. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
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