Fort Lee (5)
Fort Lee (5) (1776-1783) - First established in 1776 as Fort Constitution (1) during the Revolutionary War. Named Fort Lee on 19 Oct 1776 after General Charles Lee, Continental Army. Abandoned in 1783.
Fort Lee (5) History
Constructed on the New Jersey Palisades across the Hudson River from Fort Washington (3) in New York City. The two forts were built to block the British fleet from sailing up the Hudson River. In September 1776 British forces captured New York City and by November they had captured Fort Washington (3) with 3000 American soldiers and they were preparing an assault on Fort lee. General George Washington ordered the garrison at Fort Lee to immediately retreat and they did, leaving behind supplies and artillery.
Part of Palisades Interstate Park, New Jersey Section, Bergen County, New Jersey. Some period cannons in place.
Location: Palisades Interstate Park, Bergen County, New Jersey.
Maps & Images
Lat: 40.8513889 Long: -73.9636111
- Roberts, Robert B., Encyclopedia of Historic Forts: The Military, Pioneer, and Trading Posts of the United States, Macmillan, New York, 1988, 10th printing, ISBN 0-02-926880-X, page 511
Visited: 21 Aug 2010
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