Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
By the 18th Century, cannon barrels were cast in one piece and designated by the weight of the shot they fired. The largest weapons at Fort Lee were the 32 pounders which had an overall length of 10 feet and were able to develop a high muzzle velocity of up to 1,300 feet per second.
Loading and Firing
The gunnery crew, consisting of 7 to 12 men, inserted the powder charge and compacted it with a rammer. The projectile, either a solid shot or bar shot for ripping and splintering masts and rigging or an incendiary shell for setting ship decks afire – was loaded into the barrel. The cannoneer, sighting the target and depending on experience and long hours of practice, aimed the piece and ordered the cannon fired. A burning stick, or lint-stock, was used to ignite the powder in the vent.
Erected by Fort Lee Historic
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 40° 50.846′ N, 73° 57.861′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Marker is in Fort Lee Historic Park on a walking trail to the south 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. Historical Chronology 1776 (a few steps from this marker); The Barbette Battery (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Soldier Hut (about 400 feet away); Musketry Breastwork (about 500 feet away); Abatis Construction at Fort Lee (about 600 feet away); Military Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away); The American Crisis (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mortar Battery (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 features a picture of a 32-pounder cannon, along with a rammer, sponge and lint-stock used to load and fire the piece.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follows the walking tour of Fort Lee Historic Park.
Also see . . . Battle for Fort Washington. American Revolutionary War website entry (Submitted on August 30, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,992 times since then and 192 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 7. submitted on February 8, 2015, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.