Hey everybody, the Hayfoot and I took a trip earlier this month to Fort Wadsworth in Staten Island. It is off the beaten path but worth a visit should you happen to be in New York City and have the time.
As always the first stop was the Visitors Center, where this statue of General James Wadsworth stands in the museum. Wadsworth was mortally wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness in May 1864.
Our friend Sami came with us. He is a volunteer with the National Park Service at Governors Island and knows a great deal about the city.
That is the western tower of the Verrazano Bridge. Fort Tompkins is on the other side of the hill. That one cannot see it when approaching is intentional.
This is Battery Weed seen from the top of the hill. The photo was taken from Fort Tompkins.
It is somewhat confusing. This particular structure was named Fort Wadsworth after General Wadsworth in 1865 and then renamed Battery Weed in honor of Brigadier General Stephen H. Weed in 1902. Since then the fortifications have been known collectively as Fort Wadsworth. Weed was another New Yorker and Union general, killed on Little Round Top on July 2, 1863.
It was cold.
Yes, that is Manhattan in the background. Brooklyn is to the right.
We took a ranger tour of Fort Tompkins. The knowledge these people have is astonishing. I have taken dozens of such tours over the years and this was one of the best.
The ranger did a great job explaining the nuances of the fortification.
This cannon was unearthed during a construction project in Manhattan and donated to Fort Wadsworth. The archaeology of New York City is fascinating. There is so much history unseen below our feet.
This is one of the entrances to Fort Tompkins. The ranger explained how troops would have expelled potential invaders. This is why one has to take a ranger tour, for the details.
The parade ground
Always pack lunch.
Coming soon: Brooklyn’s Fort Hamilton
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