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Fort George

 
 
Fort George Memorial Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
1. Fort George Memorial Tablet
This white Vermont marble tablet is located at the southeast corner of Battery Park in lower Manhattan.
Inscription.  
To perpetuate
the site of the S.W. bastion of
Fort George
in 40° 42' 8" N. latitude
as observed by
Capt. John Montresor and David Rittenhouse
in October 1769

The Corporation of the City of New York
have erected
this monument
A.D. MDCCCXVII

 
Erected 1817 by Corporation of the City of New York.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraForts and Castles. A significant historical month for this entry is October 1769.
 
Location. 40° 42.242′ N, 74° 0.878′ W. Marker is in New York, New York, in New York County. Marker is on State Street, on the right when traveling south. Marker has been moved from its former location to one closer to the Bowling Green control house. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: New York NY 10004, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. This Ancient Cannon (a few steps from this marker); Netherlands Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Netherlands Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); John Ericsson Statue (within shouting
Fort George Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
2. Fort George Marker
Fort George was a fort on the southern tip of Manhattan Island that served the Dutch, the British and finally the Americans from 1625 until after the Revolutionary War. Americans stationed at this fort exchanged cannon fire with the British during the 1776 Battle of Long Island. Battery Park was named for the guns that were positioned at this site.
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distance of this marker); John Ericsson (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Battery Park & Castle Clinton (within shouting distance of this marker); American Merchant Marine (within shouting distance of this marker); George Gustav Heye (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New York.
 
Also see . . .  The Battery: Fort George Memorial Tablet. The official Parks Department description of the memorial. (Submitted on December 12, 2018, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Marker in Battery Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2009
3. Marker in Battery Park
The marker is visible on the grass in the middle of the photo.
Fort George Marker removal image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 26, 2015
4. Fort George Marker removal
Due to the renovation of Battery Park, Fort George marker was removed from this original location.
Fort George Marker new location image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, January 27, 2016
5. Fort George Marker new location
The marker is now completely above ground at a new location, close by the Bowling Green control house near the intersection of State Street and Battery Place.
Fort George Marker interpretive panel image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, March 16, 2016
6. Fort George Marker interpretive panel
As the carvings on the block are almost illegible, an interpretive panel has been added alongside.
Fort George, Old New York City. image. Click for full size.
Internet Archive
7. Fort George, Old New York City.
From Harper's Encyclopædia of United States History from 458 A.D. to 1905 by Benson John Lossing and Woodrow Wilson, Volume 4, Page 52.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,048 times since then and 34 times this year. Last updated on June 13, 2019, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.   4, 5, 6. submitted on May 10, 2016, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.   7. submitted on January 17, 2021, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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