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Paulsboro in Gloucester County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Fort Billingsport

 
 
Fort Billingsport Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
1. Fort Billingsport Marker
Inscription.  
Historic Site
of
Fort Billingsport

First Federal Land Purchase
July 5, 1776

 
Erected by Greater Paulsboro Chamber of Commerce.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is July 5, 1776.
 
Location. 39° 50.716′ N, 75° 14.964′ W. Marker is in Paulsboro, New Jersey, in Gloucester County. Marker is at the intersection of Clonmell Road and N Delaware Street, on the right when traveling west on Clonmell Road. Marker is in the Red Bank Battlefield. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Paulsboro NJ 08066, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Fort at Billingsport (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dennis Leary & William Barney (approx. 0.2 miles away); Billingsport, New Jersey (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tinicum Rear Range Lighthouse (approx. half a mile away); C. A. Nothnagle Log House (approx. 2.1 miles away); Tinicum (approx. 2.8 miles away in Pennsylvania);
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Tinicum Township (approx. 2.8 miles away in Pennsylvania); Artillery Shed (approx. 2.8 miles away in Pennsylvania). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Paulsboro.
 
Fort Billingsport Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
2. Fort Billingsport Marker
The day after signing the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress bought this 96 acre plot of land for 600 pounds for the purpose of constructing a fort to protect Philadelphia from an approach by the British Navy.
Site of Fort Billingsport image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
3. Site of Fort Billingsport
The fort at this location was designed by Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko, his first engineering assignment from the Continental Congress. It protected Philadelphia for about a month in the fall of 1777 before being taken by the British.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 28, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 524 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 28, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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