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Fort Gates on Sandy Hook

Fort Gates was built on Sandy Hook during the War of 1812.

Drawing of Fort Gates on Sandy Hook, 1815.

National Archives.

Fort Gates was a temporary 2nd system fortification constructed of wood. The U.S. Army along with New Jersey and New York militias units occupied Sandy Hook during the War of 1812. Fort Gates was constructed in 1813, and a wooden blockhouse was added near the fort in 1814.

It was not until 1859, that the first permanent fortification began construction on Sandy Hook. The Fort at Sandy Hook was a 3rd system fortification.

Did You Know?

World War I recruiting poster for the Coastal Artillery Corps.

All of Gateway NRA's units include sites that defended New York Harbor from attacks from the sea, from the Revolutionary War through World War II. They are Fort Hancock, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Learn about the history of coastal defense by visiting any of these sites. More...