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Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Mortar Battery

 
 
Mortar Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. Mortar Battery Marker
Inscription. Four mortars occupied a single pit. With twelve other mortars in nearby pits, they were designed to fire simultaneously, lobbing 12-inch, 800-pound shells in high arcs, to penetrate ships’ lightly-armored decks. Built in the early 1890’s, this was the first battery of its kind in the United States.

Batteries or Forts?
Although masonry forts looked intimidating, bristling with cannon, they were no match for the new battleships with their increased mobility and firepower.

Gun batteries were a solution – separate gun emplacements of reinforced concrete protected by tons of earth and sand. Camouflaged by dunes and bushes, batteries made smaller, concealed targets, and provided space to mount a variety of weapons. Coastal batteries were also a less costly defense system than old-style forts.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 27.674′ N, 74° 0.099′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker can be reached from Hudson Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in the Fort Hancock area in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, near the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Marker in Fort Hancock image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Marker in Fort Hancock
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Keeping the Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Lights Out! (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire House Number 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Lighting the Way (within shouting distance of this marker); Sandy Hook Light (within shouting distance of this marker); Fill’er Up! (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chow Time! (about 300 feet away); Handball Court (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. Two pictures of mortars appear on the marker, along with an illustration of the trajectory of shells fired from the battery to a target in the water.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Hancock. NY Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
Mortar Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Mortar Battery
The Mortar Battery is located across the street from the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.
Sandy Hook Lighthouse from the Mortar Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Sandy Hook Lighthouse from the Mortar Battery
This photo was taken from the marker in Mortar Battery.
Inside the Mortar Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. Inside the Mortar Battery
Inside Mortar Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
6. Inside Mortar Battery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 771 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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