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

Fort Mercer

Red Bank, New Jersey

 
 
Fort Mercer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2008
1. Fort Mercer Marker
Inscription. General Thaddeus Kosciuszko contributed his engineering skills to the fortification of the Delaware River during the American Revolution which prevented the British Navy from entering Philadelphia in the fall of 1777.

This was the second engineering assignment General Kosciuszko received from the Continental Congress.

Designated a Kosciuszko Military Engineering site by THE COPERNICUS SOCIETY OF AMERICA under the authority of a Concurrent Resolution of The U.S. Congress – S. Con. Res. 44. Passed April 1978.

 
Erected by Copernicus Society of America.
 
Location. 39° 52.264′ N, 75° 11.386′ W. Marker is in National Park, New Jersey, in Gloucester County. Marker can be reached from Hessian Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is on the Red Bank Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: National Park NJ 08063, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Mercer at Red Bank / Fort Mercer is Alerted ( here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Mercer ( a few steps from this marker); Brigadier General Hugh Mercer ( a few steps
Fort Mercer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2008
2. Fort Mercer Marker
from this marker); Flag of Fort Mercer ( a few steps from this marker); The Battle of Red Bank ( a few steps from this marker); The Naval Engagement ( within shouting distance of this marker); African American Soldiers ( within shouting distance of this marker); Archaeology at Red Bank ( within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in National Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. General Thaddeus Kosciuszko 1746 – 1817. Hero of America and Poland. Biography of Gen. Kosciuszko from the Polish American Cultural Center website. (Submitted on November 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Red Bank Battlefield. Account of the action at Fort Mercer during the Revolutionary War. (Submitted on November 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable PersonsNotable PlacesWar, US Revolutionary
 
Fort Mercer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2008
3. Fort Mercer Marker
The Delaware River can be seen in the background of this photo. The view is toward Philadelphia and the location of Fort Mercer's sister fort, Fort Mifflin, which fell on November 16, 1777 after a week-long siege.
Fort Mercer Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2008
4. Fort Mercer Fortifications
The remains of the fortifications that Kosciuszko designed for Fort Mercer can be seen in this photo. The fort contained dummy exterior embankments that helped the Americans fight off a Hessian ground assault.
Assault on Fort Mercer image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 27, 2013
5. Assault on Fort Mercer
American troops defend Fort Mercer from the attacking British in a reenactment of the Battle of Fort Mercer.
Red Bank Battlefield Historic Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 7, 2008
6. Red Bank Battlefield Historic Park
The marker is in Red Bank Battlefield Historic Park, a 44 acre park on the banks of the Delaware River, that preserves the site of Fort Mercer and the October 22, 1777 Battle of Red Bank.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,459 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on October 27, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   6. submitted on November 9, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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