Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Lee Historic Park
Beneath these cliffs, Henry Hudson’s Half-Moon was welcomed by the Lenni Lenape Indians on September 3, 1609.
Nearly 167 years later, this giant Bluff Rock became a strategic stronghold in the American War for Independence as the conflict raged within view of this spot from early July through November 20, 1776. Around this fortification, first called “The Mountain,” then “Fort Constitution” and later “Fort Lee,” the American defense fought for control of the Hudson River.
General Washington laid out the emplacements on this site to delay British plans to crush the American rebellion.
Fort Lee, furnished with heavy artillery and paired with Manhattan’s Fort Washington, located across the river, served as a formidable obstacle to British warships attempting to sail along the Hudson River.
Erected by Fort Lee Historic Park .
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Revolutionary. Battlefield Trails - Revolutionary War, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series lists. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1935.
Location. 40° 51.069′ N, 73° 57.761′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is in Fort Lee Historic Park, in front of the Visitor Center. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Palisades Interstate Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Mortar Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Military Magazine (about 500 feet away); The American Crisis (about 700 feet away); Protection of the Hudson River (about 700 feet away); Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away); Abatis Construction at Fort Lee (approx. 0.2 miles away); Musketry Breastwork (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a map of Fort Lee Historic Park, showing walking trails, batteries and overlooks.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follow the walking tour of Fort Lee Historic Park.
Also see . . .
1. Battle of Fort Washington. American Revolutionary War website entry (Submitted on August 30, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. Washington's Retreat Through Jersey. General Atomic website entry (Submitted on May 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.)
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