Pennsville in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Mott State Park
Toilets were similar to our modern flush toilets, except that the plumbing took the waste directly to the moat and not to a septic system. Since the moat was tidal and controlled by a sluice gate, the sewage was flushed out into the Delaware River with each tidal change. In addition to the practical necessity of the latrines, this system also served as part of an overall defense strategy: any enemy who tried to cross the moat first had to get through the sewage.
Erected by State of New Jersey.
Location. 39° 36.254′ N, 75° 33.163′ 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 Arnold (within shouting distance of this marker); Two Batteries in one (within shouting distance of this marker); Pea Patch Island (within shouting distance of this marker); Generator Room (within shouting distance of this marker); Switchboard Room / Plotting Room (within shouting distance of this marker); The Wharf (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Commander’s Station (about 300 feet away); Battery Edwards (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
More about this marker. Two illustrations appear at the top of the marker. The left one is of a “Typical urinal. Toilet hoppers were equipped with a spring-loaded seat for automatic flushing.” The other diagram shows the latrine’s location in relation to the parados and the moat. It has a caption of “The latrines were constructed within the parados directly behind the main gun emplacements to make them highly accessible to the officers and soldiers stationed in Batterys Arnold and Harker.”
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.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 781 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 29, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.