Staten Island in Richmond County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Begun 1n 1847, this granite structure was finally completed during the Civil War. Its four-tier design allowed up to 116 guns to skip cannonballs across the Narrows. However, by the mid-1860s bigger, more-accurate guns could destroy a stone fort like this. Compromised, it became obsolete almost before its last stones were laid.
First named Fort Richmond – after an earlier New York State-built fort on the same site – it was renamed in 1865 for Brt. Maj. Gen. James Wadsworth, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness. In 1902, the army post was named Fort Wadsworth and this fortification was renamed Battery Weed for Brig. Gen. Stephen Weed, killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles.
Location. 40° 36.324′ N, 74° 3.274′ W. Marker is in Staten Island, New York, in Richmond County. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Wadsworth - Gateway National Park, Staten Island NY 10305, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Torpedo Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending New York Harbor (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Battery Weed (about 300 feet away); Verrazano – Narrows Bridge (about 300 feet away); Fort Tompkins (about 300 feet away); Fort Wadsworth (about 300 feet away); Torpedo Wharf (about 300 feet away); South Cliff (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Staten Island.
More about this marker. This marker is adjacent to the battery entrance. A duplicate is (was?) on the overlook at Fort Tompkins.
Also see . . . Battery Weed. Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on August 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on August 14, 2020, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.