Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The military magazine derives its name from the Arabic word, “Makhazin”, meaning granary, or storehouse. Revolutionary War magazines were constructed with emphasis on fire and waterproofing, easy accessibility to the guns serviced and security from enemy fire.
A typical magazine had thick native stone walls filled with soil which protected a massive brick archway where the munitions were housed. A wooden door leading to the storage area provided ready access to the gun-powder stores while minimizing the hazard of an enemy round striking the explosive powder.
To safeguard the munitions from adverse weather, a sloping board or shingled roof was built atop the stone walls to furnish a secure gunpowder storage area.
Gunpowder is a mixture of saltpeter, sulphur and charcoal. When compressed and ignited this black powder explodes and can propel shot or cannon balls from muzzle-loaded rifles, mortars and artillery.
Erected by Fort Lee Historic Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles War, US Revolutionary.
Location. 40° 50.991′ N, 73° 57.796′ 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. Mortar Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Abatis Construction at Fort Lee (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Palisades Interstate Park (about 400 feet away); The American Crisis (about 400 feet away); Musketry Breastwork (about 500 feet away); Soldier Hut (about 500 feet away); The Barbette Battery (about 500 feet away); Fort Lee Historic Park (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. The top of the marker features a picture of a cross section of a magazine, showing a soldier stacking barrels or gunpowder.
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 . . . The Battle of 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 1,819 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on November 23, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.