Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
German Submarine at Cape Henlopen
The Surrender of U-858
The Delaware River provides access to some of the East Coast's busiest ports, and was considered vulnerable to enemy attack. Because of its location, Fort Miles was a vital part of the defense of the river throughout the war. Even though U-858 never took part in combat, German U-boats sank 400 vessels in East Coast waters during the war.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is May 1823.
Location. 38° 47.167′ N, 75° 6.09′ W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 9 near Coastal Highway (State Route 1). Marker located near the fishing pier within Cape Henlopen State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Quarantine Station (here, next to this marker); William J. Hopkins (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Miles Historical Area (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Miles Historical Area (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Miles in World War II (approx. 0.8 miles away); Standing Guard (approx. 0.8 miles away); The Ever Changing Cape Henlopen (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Also see . . . The U-858 and Fort Miles. From the Images of America series Fort Miles by Lee Jennings and Gary Wray. (Submitted on January 3, 2011.)
Credits. This page was last revised on May 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,623 times since then and 73 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 17, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2011, by Nathan Davidson of Salisbury, Maryland. 6. submitted on August 11, 2019, by John Miller of Rising Sun, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.