The Moat and the Parados
Fort Mott State Park
The earth used to build the parados came from digging the moat; 44,500 cubic yards of earth, over 200,000 tons, was moved with grapples, wheelbarrows, and shovels. The work was grueling. Each man was expected to move nearly five tons of earth daily for a wage of $1.25.
Once completed, the parados was 20 feet wide at the top and extended the entire 750-foot length of the main fortification wall.
(Inscription under the image at the top left)
The moat was constructed by hand using shovels and wheelbarrows. Mules were used to help move soil and shape the parados.
(Inscription under the image at the top right)
The parados originally reflected the “mirror image” of the moat. This feature provided a substantial obstacle to help thwart the advance of an enemy force attempting to capture the main gate line, as well as protect the gun crews from enemy artillery fire.
Location. 39° 36.259′ N, 75° 33.032′ W. Marker is in Pennsville, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker is on Fort Mott Road. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Observation Towers (a few steps from this marker); Battery Harker (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Gregg (about 300 feet away); Welcome (to Fort Mott) (about 400 feet away); The Wharf (about 500 feet away); Two Batteries in one (about 600 feet away); The Latrines (about 600 feet away); Pea Patch Island (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pennsville.
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, Spanish-American •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 184 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 13, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.