Fort Lee in Bergen County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Barbette Battery
A Barbette Battery’s guns fired over a low wall rather than through openings in the battery wall and was likened to “spitting over one’s beard”. The word, “barbette”, is derived from the French term for “beard”.
It is believed that this battery consisted of five heavy iron cannons capable of firing 24 pound balls. The wide area covered by this emplacement required its guns to be mobile and they were therefore mounted on traveling carriages enabling artillery fire to be aimed at several ships or to be concentrated on a single target.
The battery was constructed on a stone base and its cannon platform was covered with planking sloped upward in the rear to lessen cannon recoil. The parapet was built of fascines and was filled with earth. The battery wings were built higher to afford protection from enemy fire.
Erected by Fort Lee Historic Park.
Location. 40° 50.911′ N, 73° 57.816′ W. Marker is in Fort Lee Touch for map. Marker is in Fort Lee Historic Park on a walking trail to the south of the Visitor Center. 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. Soldier Hut (a few steps from this marker); Musketry Breastwork (within shouting distance of this marker); Abatis Construction at Fort Lee (within shouting distance of this marker); Historical Chronology 1776 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cannons (about 400 feet away); Military Magazine (about 500 feet away); Mortar Battery (about 600 feet away); The American Crisis (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lee.
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains an illustration of a cannon with several types of ammunition being fired, including solid shot, case and canister.
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 16, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military • Notable Places • War, US Revolutionary •
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