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- Fort Hamilton
- THE AMERICAS
- Alt Name:
- Harbor Defense Museum
- United States
- War of 1812
- 1800AD - 1899AD
- New York City
- New York City,
New York State,
- General Grant National Memorial,
about Fort Hamilton
Fort Hamilton is a US military base in New York built between 1825 and 1831 as part of the city’s Third System defences. The Third System forts were coastal defences built in the US following the War of 1812.
Even before its construction, the site on which Fort Hamilton was built had already proven a vital strategic point. It was here that, on 4 July 1776, American forces attempted, but ultimately failed, to stop British forces from bringing in ships to quell the American Revolutionary War. Then, in the War of 1812, this was where American forces repelled British ships from docking.
As a garrisoned post, Fort Hamilton hosted some of the most famous figures in US history, including Robert E. Lee and Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. It would go on to become a Union fortification in the American Civil War and an embarkation site in both world wars.
Today, Fort Hamilton is an active military base as well as housing New York’s only military museum, the Harbor Defense Museum. At this museum, visitors can see a range of historic weaponry, uniforms and exhibits such as about the Battle of Brooklyn.
It’s worth noting that Fort Hamilton was only named as such in the twentieth century, its namesake being Secretary of the Treasury from 1789 to 1795, Alexander Hamilton.
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Address: Ft Hamilton, 230 Sheridan Loop, New York, NY, 11252
Subway: 95th Street/4th Avenue Station (the R Train) Bus: Lines B8, B16, B37 and B63 stop nearby. Further directions on official site.
Open weekday 10am-4pm, Saturdays, 10am-2pm. Closed Sundays. Entry is free.
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