Jersey City in Hudson County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Gibson: The New York Harbor System
Fort Gibson was among 40 forts constructed between 1794 and 1812 in the United States. All were built during threats of war resulting from attacks on American shipping by Great Britain and France, two dominant powers of the 18th and 19th centuries. These forts were the first defense systems set up by the new United States Government. Many of the forts in New York Harbor were constructed in this period, including Castle Williams on Governor’s Island, Castle Clinton in lower Manhattan, and the star-shaped Fort Wood, which now forms the base of the Statue of Liberty.
Together, the forts and batteries of the lower and upper harbor successfully deterred attacks on one of the nation’s largest cities and most important ports. Most of these historic fortifications still exist; some, such as Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island, are preserved by the National Park Service.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 40° 41.934′ N, 74° 2.324′ W. Marker is in Jersey City, New Jersey, in Hudson County. Touch for map. Marker is located on the north end of Ellis Island, near the American Immigrant Wall of Honor. Marker is in this post office area: Jersey City NJ 07304, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking Fort Gibson: Defending the Approaches (here, next to this marker); The American Immigrant Wall of Honor ® (here, next to this marker); Fort Gibson: The Other Ellis Island Story (a few steps from this marker); Fort Gibson: Uncovering the Past (a few steps from this marker); Fort Gibson: Ammunition to Immigration (a few steps from this marker); Fort Gibson: Oyster Banks to Batteries (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The American Immigrant Wall of Honor ® (within shouting distance of this marker); Delaware Indian Burials (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jersey City.
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a map of New York Harbor indicating the forts located there.
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 450 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.