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Pennsville in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Moat and the Parados

Fort Mott State Park

 
 
The Moat and the Parados Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2015
1. The Moat and the Parados Marker
Inscription. The parados (Spanish for rear door) is the earthen hill adjacent to the gun battery. It serve as a shield against gunfire from the rear. Construction of the moat and parados at Fort Mott began in 1897 and took over two years to complete.

The earth used to build the parados came from digging the moat; 44,500 cubic yards of earth, over 200,000 tons, was moved with grapples, wheelbarrows, and shovels. The work was grueling. Each man was expected to move nearly five tons of earth daily for a wage of $1.25.

Once completed, the parados was 20 feet wide at the top and extended the entire 750-foot length of the main fortification wall.

(Inscription under the image at the top left)
The moat was constructed by hand using shovels and wheelbarrows. Mules were used to help move soil and shape the parados.

(Inscription under the image at the top right)
The parados originally reflected the “mirror image” of the moat. This feature provided a substantial obstacle to help thwart the advance of an enemy force attempting to capture the main gate line, as well as protect the gun crews from enemy artillery fire.
 
Location. 39° 36.259′ N, 75° 33.032′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker is on Fort Mott Road. Click for map

The Moat and the Parados Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2015
2. The Moat and the Parados Marker
. The marker is located on the grounds of Fort Mott State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Pennsville NJ 08070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Observation Towers (a few steps from this marker); Battery Harker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Gregg (about 300 feet away); Welcome (to Fort Mott) (about 400 feet away); The Wharf (about 500 feet away); Two Batteries in one (about 600 feet away); The Latrines (about 600 feet away); Pea Patch Island (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Pennsville.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, Spanish-American
 
Welcome sign to Fort Mott image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2015
3. Welcome sign to Fort Mott
Sign at the entrance to the Park image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, September 6, 2015
4. Sign at the entrance to the Park
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 134 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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