New Castle in Rockingham County, New Hampshire — The American Northeast (New England)
Its builder, John de Barth Walbach, came to America from France in 1797. He joined the U.S. Army the following year and rose in rank from a lieutenant in the Light Dragoons to a brigadier general.
Walbach was assigned to Fort Constitution in 1806 and placed in charge of Portsmouth defense. He eventually became second in command of all New England seacoast defenses.
At age 93, General Walbach was still on active duty, the oldest officer in the history of the U.S. Army.
Location. 43° 4.241′ N, 70° 42.721′ W. Marker is in New Castle, New Hampshire, in Rockingham County. Marker is on Sullivan Lane east of Wentworth Road, on the right when traveling east. Marker is located beside the Fort Constitution parking lot, east of Judd Gregg Marine Research Center, overlooking the subject Walbach Tower ruins. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 29 Wentworth Road, New Castle NH 03854, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Walbach Tower (a few steps from Portcullis (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); William and Mary Raids (about 600 feet away); Fort William and Mary Commeration Marker (about 600 feet away); Mines Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frost Cemetery (approx. 0.2 miles away); New Castle Congregational Church (approx. ¼ mile away); New Park [New Shipyard Mall] (approx. 1½ miles away in Maine). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Castle.
Regarding Walbach Tower. Marker gives General Walbach's age as 93, but other sources indicate he died at age 90.
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Also see . . . John de Barth Walbach (Wikipedia). Brevet Brigadier General John Baptiste de Barth Walbach, an Alsatian baron who fought in the French Revolutionary Wars, was one of the few foreign-born senior officers in the US Army prior to the Civil War. A career Army officer who served for over 57 years, he remained in active duty until his death at the age of 90, making him the oldest acting officer in U.S. history. During his long career he commanded most forts on the eastern seacoast: Fort Constitution, Fort Trumbull, Fort Severn, Fort Monroe, Frankford Arsenal, Fort McHenry, and Fort Pickens. (Submitted on June 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 69 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on June 15, 2019, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.