Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
With spin from spiral grooves inside the barrel, pointed projectiles from rifled cannon could travel farther and with greater accuracy than cannonballs from smoothbore weapons. During the Civil War, rifled artillery easily penetrated the thick masonry walls of several coastal forts, which influenced the Army to abandon construction of a masonry fort on Sandy Hook.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 40° 27.917′ N, 74° 0.338′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Gateway NRA road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is in Fort Hancock Historic District in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within Mule Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire House Number 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Chapel (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers Row (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 200 Years of Service (about 400 feet away); Protecting American Coasts (about 400 feet away); Post Theater (about 400 feet away); Baked Fresh Daily! (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a picture of a firing Rodman Gun. The right top of the marker features a portrait of Major General Thomas J. Rodman. Below this is a picture of an exploding cannon, with a caption of “A large gun burst near Lieutenant Thomas Rodman in 1844. Afterwards the ordinance officer committed himself to improving the technology of cannon manufacture, and invented the casting process that made possible this one piece, 115,100-pound smoothbore barrel.”
Also see . . .
1. Fort Hancock. NY Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Mammoth Guns - Rodman's smoothbore Cannons. National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,693 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 6. submitted on April 7, 2019, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on April 24, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.