Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This Gun: M114A2 Howitzer
Original Ft. Miles Gun: Model 1918-M-1
Guns such as these were used as field artillery. There were four 155mm guns placed at Fort Miles and four more placed across the Delaware Bay at Cape May, NJ to limit access to the bay. The concrete pads the were placed on were called "Panama Mounts" and gave the guns a wider firing range. Several such mounts can still be seen next to the parking lot north of the main Cape Henlopen Beach Bathhouse.
The 155mm guns at Fort Miles were placed in Battery 22.
This is a photo of one of the guns that was used at Fort Miles. Each gun required an 18-man crew to lad and fire it. Its projectiles weighed 125lbs. and carried a 60lb. powder charge. The guns had a firing range of 10 miles and were used primarily as anti-ship weapons. The guns you see in front of you are not of the same model that were placed at Fort Miles, but are similar, more modern examples of 155mm guns.
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, World IIWaterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks series list.
Location. 38° 46.682′ N, 75° 5.319′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from Dune Road, half a mile east of Campground Road, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37468 Dune Rd, Lewes DE 19958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Miles Artillery Park (within shouting distance of this marker); 6-inch Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); 8-inch Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Aircraft Warning System (within shouting distance of this marker); Spotter House (within shouting distance of this marker); Proof Steel (within shouting distance of this marker); 16-inch Gun (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 3-Inch Gun (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 91 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.