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Milford in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Saulsbury

 
 
Fort Saulsbury Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
1. Fort Saulsbury Marker
Inscription.  Constructed in 1917 as a coastal defense fortification of the U.S. Army. Names for Willard Saulsbury, U.S. Senator from Delaware 1859-1871. Two batteries were located within the fort, each with two 12-inch gun emplacements. The north battery was named for Col. David Hall and the south for Col. John Haslet, heroes of the Revolution. Following removal of the guns during World War II, the fort was converted into a Prisoner of War camp. Up to 300 prisoners were housed here at a time, providing labor for a variety of local agricultural activities. Fort Saulsbury was deactivated in 1946 and sold as surplus property in 1948.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts or Castles.
 
Location. 38° 56.082′ N, 75° 20.195′ W. Marker is in Milford, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Cedar Beach Road (Delaware Route 36). Near Slaughter Beach. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Milford DE 19963, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Memorial Vol. Fire Co. (approx. 2.2 miles away); Absalom Jones (approx. 3.9 miles away); Slaughter Neck United Methodist Church
Fort Saulsbury Bunker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
2. Fort Saulsbury Bunker
Bunker is on a private farm with No Trespassing sign.
(approx. 4.6 miles away); Observation Tower at Big Stone Beach (approx. 4.6 miles away); The Vinyard Shipbuilding Company (approx. 4.9 miles away); Milford Veterans Memorial (approx. 5 miles away); Milford (approx. 5 miles away); Liberty Tree Memorial (approx. 5 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Milford.
 
Fort Saulsbury Guards image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
3. Fort Saulsbury Guards
Bunker was closely guarded by a flock of turkeys.
Fort Saulsbury Gate Posts image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, November 12, 2010
4. Fort Saulsbury Gate Posts
Fort Saulsbury Marker, along Cedar Beach Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, October 18, 2012
5. Fort Saulsbury Marker, along Cedar Beach Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 1, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 909 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 1, 2010, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   5. submitted on October 21, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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