Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The War of 1812
Lewes Maritime History Trail
On April 6-8, 1813, Lewes sustained heavy cannon fire from the British ships and was bombarded by Congreve rockets, the first use of this new technology against the Americans. Contrary to claims in a famous political rhyme that "the commander and all his men shot a dog and a hen," personal letters from that era record that damage from the intense 22-hour bombardment was extensive.
Nevertheless, manning a sizable fortifcation that stretched from this site westerly along the canal, local volunteer soldiers prevented the British from advancing here but did not stop their progress elsewhere. The fort in Lewes closed in 1815, immediately after the war.
Erected by City of Lewes.
Location. Touch for map. Located between Neils Alley and Bank Street. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Bombardment of Lewes (here, next to this marker); Otis H. Smith City Dock (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Bombardment of Lewes (a few steps from this marker); The Cannonball House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Explorations of Giovanni da Verrazzano (within shouting distance of this marker); Lewes-Rehoboth Canal (within shouting distance of this marker); Dodds Corner (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lewes (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Also see . . . The War of 1812 , Wikipedia entry. The Americans declared war in 1812 for a number of reasons, including a desire for expansion into the Northwest Territory, trade restrictions because of Great Britain's ongoing war with France, impressment of American merchant sailors into the Royal Navy, British support of American Indian tribes against American expansion, and the humiliation of American honour.... Preoccupied in their pursuit of American privateers when the war began, (Submitted on December 1, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War of 1812 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 1, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 909 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on December 1, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.