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Pennsville in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Welcome (to Fort Mott)

 
 
Welcome (to Fort Mott) Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
1. Welcome (to Fort Mott) Marker
Inscription. Fort Mott is an Endicott-era fortification (ca. 1896) that was begun prior to the Spanish-American War. Construction of an earlier fortification, known as the Battery at Finns Point, was begun in 1872 but never completed. Components of the earlier fortification were incorporated in the 1896 construction plan and are visible today at the west end of the main batteries. The fort was officially named in 1897 in honor of Major General Gershom Mott of Burlington, New Jersey, who served with distinction in the Mexican and Civil Wars. Fort Mott has five batteries which originally mounted twelve guns: Battery Arnold (three 12-inch disappearing guns), Battery Harker (three 10-inch disappearing guns), Battery Gregg (two 5-inch rapid fire guns), Battery Krayenbuhl (two 5-inch rapid fire guns), and Battery Edwards (two 3-inch case mates rapid fire guns).

To begin a Walking Tour of the historic site, proceed to Stop #1, Battery Gregg.
 
Erected by State of New Jersey.
 
Location. 39° 36.188′ N, 75° 33.014′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker is on Fort Mott Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at the west end of the parking lot at Fort Mott State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Pennsville NJ 08070, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker at Fort Mott State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
2. Marker at Fort Mott State Park
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Gregg (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Harker (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Observation Towers (about 400 feet away); The Moat and the Parados (about 400 feet away); The Wharf (about 500 feet away); Two Batteries in one (about 700 feet away); Pea Patch Island (about 700 feet away); The Latrines (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
 
More about this marker. The marker features an aerial photograph of the fortifications at Fort Mott. A portrait of Major General Gershom Mott also appears on the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Mott State Park. NJ Division of Parks & Forestry website. (Submitted on August 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitary
 
Battery Arnold image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
3. Battery Arnold
Battery Harker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
4. Battery Harker
Identical Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 12, 2009
5. Identical Marker
An identical marker is located by the dock for the ferry to Fort Delaware.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 705 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on August 15, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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