Pennsville in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Battery Commanderís Station
Because technologies such as radar and aerial reconnaissance did not exist when Fort Mott was functional, observation stations, like this one and its counterpart at Battery Gregg, were the only means by which the movements of enemy vessels could be observed. The coordinates of a vessel would constantly be relayed from the observation stations to the plotting rooms. In the plotting rooms mathematical calculations were made so the large guns could be accurately aimed before firing. Because an enemy vessel may be within the firing range of all three forts but visible to only one at a given time, observation stations at the forts provided a system network.
Erected by State of New Jersey.
Topics. This historical Forts or Castles • Military.
Location. 39° 36.257′ N, 75° 33.237′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker can be reached from Fort Mott Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located on the walking trail in Fort Mott State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pennsville NJ 08070, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Edwards (here, next to this marker); Battery Krayenbuhl (a few steps from this marker); Ammunition Hoist (a few steps from this marker); Battery Krayenbuhlís 5-inch rapid fire guns (a few steps from this marker); Switchboard Room / Plotting Room (within shouting distance of this marker); Peace Magazine: † 1904 (within shouting distance of this marker); Generator Room (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Arnold (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
More about this marker. A blueprint of the Battery Commanderís Station appears on the upper right of the Battery Commanderís Station marker. The lower left contains a schematic of a Azimuth Instrument, and has a caption of “An Azimuth Instrument similar to this one was used as an observing tool.”
The top of the second marker features a 1922 diagram of the Delaware River coast defense of Battery Harker at Fort Mott, N.J.
Also see . . . Fort Mott State Park. NJ Division of Parks & Forestry website. (Submitted on August 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 828 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.