Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Protection of the Hudson River
Washington soon adopted General Putnam’s plan for blockading the river by sinking stone-filled ships’ hulls chained together with protruding jagged spikes.
A series of ships was sunk, joined stern to stern 70 feet apart with three or more iron tipped, spiked logs fastened to each hull. The hulls were submerged just beneath the water so that the spiked logs became turned upward to expose their menacing hazards to passing ships, forming a 280-foot sub-surface barrier.
Although a fast-moving frigate might successfully pierce the blockade, damage to the vessel could be extensive. Just as importantly, ships attempting to pass would at least be slowed giving gunners on the river’s heights and opportunity to aim broadside fire at their targets.
On the night of August 4th, General Mifflin’s troops at Fort Washington worked on river obstructions when “Four ships, chained and boomed, with a number of amazing large Chevaux-De-Frise, were carefully sunk close by the fort.”
Erected by Fort Lee Historic Park.
Location. 40° 51.153′ N, 73° 57.651′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee, New Jersey, in Bergen County. Touch for map. Marker is in Fort Lee Historic Park on a walking trail at the northernmost part of the park. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Lee NJ 07024, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Lee Historic Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Palisades Interstate Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mortar Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away); Military Magazine (approx. 0.2 miles away); The American Crisis (approx. ¼ mile away); Washington’s Retreat to Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Abatis Construction at Fort Lee (approx. 0.3 miles away); Musketry Breastwork (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. The upper left
The bottom right of the marker shows a ship approaching a Chevaux-De-Frise underwater obstacle.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. This series of markers follows the walking tour of Fort Lee Historic Park.
Also see . . . The Battle of Fort Washington. The American Revolution. (Submitted on May 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,816 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Christopher Busta-Peck was the editor who published this page.