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Fort Greene Park

 
 
Fort Greene Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
1. Fort Greene Park Marker
Inscription.  
The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument memorializes thousands of American soldiers, sailors, and civilians who died aboard British prison ships moored in Wallabout Bay (East River) from 1776 - 1783.

Revolutionary War Heritage Trail

 
Erected by State of New York.
 
Location. 40° 41.532′ N, 73° 58.491′ W. Marker is in Brooklyn, New York, in Kings County. Marker can be reached from Washington Park when traveling south. Marker is in Fort Greene Park, just outside the museum and visitor's center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Brooklyn NY 11205, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What is a redoubt anyway? (a few steps from this marker); African American Heroes of the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Artillery of the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Artillery Projectiles of the American Revolution (a few steps from this marker); Prison Ship Martyrs Monument (within shouting distance of this marker);
Marker in Fort Greene Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
2. Marker in Fort Greene Park
Fort Greene Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fowler (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bldg 92 (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brooklyn.
 
More about this marker. The Marker features a map of New York State with Revolutionary War Heritage Trail Sites indicated. It has a caption of “The Revolutionary War Heritage Trail links historic sites that tell the story of New York’s decisive role in America’s fight for independence.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. Fort Greene Park Conservancy. (Submitted on November 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
Fort Greene Park Museum & Visitors Center image. Click for full size.
By R. C., December 6, 2008
3. Fort Greene Park Museum & Visitors Center
Marker is to the left of the entrance in this view.
1776 - Prison Ship Martyrs Monument - 1908 image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
4. 1776 - Prison Ship Martyrs Monument - 1908
The British took many prisoners of war during the Battle of Brooklyn. As they ran out of space to house the prisoners, they used decommissioned or damaged ships that were anchored nearby as floating prisons.
Prison Ship Martyrs Monument image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 1, 2008
5. Prison Ship Martyrs Monument
After the Revolutionary War, the bones of patriots who died on the prison ships would occasionally wash up in Brooklyn and Long Island. These were ultimately re-interred in the crypt which today is the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. It was constructed on land which, during the war, was part of Fort Putman.
Alternate view of the tower and the urn at its top. image. Click for full size.
By R. C., December 6, 2008
6. Alternate view of the tower and the urn at its top.
Fort Greene Park Missing Cannon image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
7. Fort Greene Park Missing Cannon
There appears to have been an object mounted to this platform. It could possibly have been a naval cannon. Its fate is unkown.
Entrance to the crypt where the remains reside. image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
8. Entrance to the crypt where the remains reside.
Fort Greene Park Museum image. Click for full size.
By R. C.
9. Fort Greene Park Museum
Inside the museum near the monument you can discover the history of the event, the monument, and the park.
"One Map of Many Moments" image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
10. "One Map of Many Moments"
Not a cannon, but a bronze plaque was here. Stolen during the bad old days, it was recently replaced by this supposedly temporary mosaic piece depicting the park.
NYC Parks marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, May 6, 2018
11. NYC Parks marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2018. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 2,252 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on November 1, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   2. submitted on November 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3. submitted on December 31, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   4, 5. submitted on November 2, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on December 31, 2008, by R. C. of Shrewsbury, New Jersey.   10, 11. submitted on November 16, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.
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