Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
This Gun: Mark XXII Model II
Original Ft. Miles Gun: Model MXVI Mod.3A 11
The 8-inch guns placed at Fort Miles were each mounted on a railcar, making the large guns very mobile and easy to position for firing. The gun was able to turn in a 360° circle at an elevation of 45°. This made them difficult targets for enemy fire to hit. The guns you see in front of you are not the guns that were placed at Fort Miles, but represent 8-inch guns.
The 8-inch guns at Fort Miles were placed in Battery 20 and Battery 22.
This is a photo of an 8-inch gun that was used here. Each gun's maximum firing range was 20 miles; it fired a 260-lb. shell and took a crew of 25 to operate. The 8-inch gun was used primarily as an anti-ship weapon.
Erected by Delaware State Parks.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, World II • Waterways & Vessels. In addition, it is included in the Delaware State Parks series list.
Location. 38° 46.65′ N, 75° 5.298′ W. Marker is in Lewes, DelawareTouch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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. Proof Steel (within shouting distance of this marker); 16-inch Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); 6-inch Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); 155mm Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Miles Artillery Park (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aircraft Warning System (about 300 feet away); Spotter House (about 300 feet away); The Great Dune (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 119 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.