Harbor Defense Museum

Harbor Defense Museum To collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the history of Fort Hamilton and the seacoast defense in New York City.

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Today we honor and remember the over 2,400 service members and civilians who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harb...
12/07/2020

Today we honor and remember the over 2,400 service members and civilians who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941.

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12/03/2020

Have you ever heard of a disappearing gun?

Check out the video below to learn more.

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To visit please call 7186304349.
Email: [email protected]

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Great job!!!
11/23/2020

Great job!!!

Cadets from Professor Olga Dobrunoff’s Russian Language class visited the West Point Museum as part of their Capstone Project. The cadets are translating the West Point Gallery storyline text from English to Russian. Once presented during “Projects Week” the final translation will be made available at the museum information desk for visitors who wish to learn using the Russian language.

In the future, the cadets are looking at the incorporation of their translation into audio tours for guests to the Museum. We look forward to seeing the final product!

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One of our very own -
11/19/2020

One of our very own -

“I consider myself part of this team rather than the head of it or leading it because teams cannot succeed without having each other’s back,” said Command Sergeant Major Angela Indardeo, who has taken position as the senior enlisted advisor for US Army Recruiting Battalion NYC.

CSM Indardeo is a native of Guyana, South America who joined the Army out of Fort Hamilton 23 years ago. She returns to be the Command Sergeant Major for one of the largest recruiting organizations in Army Recruiting Command. More than 300 Soldiers and civilians support this important mission to change lives of young men and women throughout New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

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11/13/2020
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COL Craig Martin, Fort Hamilton’s Garrison Commander, provides the latest COVID-related update for our community. Remain vigilant. Stay safe.

On this day as our country honors our nation’s veterans, we would like to salute the veterans and veteran organizations ...
11/11/2020

On this day as our country honors our nation’s veterans, we would like to salute the veterans and veteran organizations that have supported the museum over the years –

THANK YOU!

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Tomorrow-
11/10/2020

Tomorrow-

Countdown! We are one day from the Grand Opening Ceremony and busy adding finishing touches. Join us online to celebrate together TOMORROW at 2 pm EST: dvidshub.net/webcast/25129. #USArmyMuseum #WorthTheWait

11/03/2020
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A message from our Garrison Commander-

"'This is my squad' is about taking care of each other, it's about treating people with dignity and respect, it's about ensuring that we are involved in the lives of the people around us every day."- Col. Martin, Fort Hamilton Garrison Commander

Check out Col. Martin’s squad

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From our friends at USAG Fort Hamilton!
10/30/2020

From our friends at USAG Fort Hamilton!

10/29/2020
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Learn a little history this week! Today we talk about the 10-inch Rodman Gun.

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On this date, October 19th, 1781, the British surrendered at Yorktown.  Below is “The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis” by J...
10/19/2020

On this date, October 19th, 1781, the British surrendered at Yorktown.

Below is “The Surrender of Lord Cornwallis” by John Trumbull. This painting was completed in 1820, and hangs in the US Capitol.

USAG Fort Hamilton is named in honor of Alexander Hamilton.

Hamilton helped lead an attack at Yorktown, attacking Redoubt 10.

Can you find Hamilton in the painting below?

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Today our new Garrison Commander visited the museum.You too can visit, please call 718/630-4349 to make an appointment. ...
10/16/2020

Today our new Garrison Commander visited the museum.

You too can visit, please call 718/630-4349 to make an appointment.

Happy Friday.

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10/15/2020
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#ThrowbackThursday | Watch the video for a little history lesson from Justin Batt, Director of Fort Hamilton’s Harbor Defense Museum.

Today he discusses the first cannon used when Fort Hamilton opened, the M.1829, 32-pounder sea coast cannon.

The museum is open for tours Tues-Fri, so call to make an appointment at 718-630-4349

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The 75th Ranger Regiment
10/03/2020

The 75th Ranger Regiment

On this date in Ranger History: Operation Gothic Serpent (Somalia)/Battle of Mogadishu/Task Force Ranger.

From October 3 to 4, 1993, Rangers from 3d Ranger Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment conducted a daring daylight raid with other special operations forces. For nearly 18 hours, the Rangers delivered devastating firepower, killing an estimated 600 Somalis in what many have called the fiercest ground combat since Vietnam.

Rangers Killed in Action were:

Cpl. James "Jamie" E. Smith
Spc. James M. Cavaco
Sgt. James Casey Joyce
Cpl. Richard "Alphabet" W. Kowalewski, Jr.
Sgt. Dominick M. Pilla
Sgt. Lorenzo M. Ruiz

Rangers Lead the Way!
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10/01/2020

USAG Fort Hamilton

Today, Garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Michael McCabe conducts physical fitness training and teaches the importance of healthy living with children from the Child Development Center.

Did you know each year the last Sunday of September is observed as Gold Star Mother’s Day?This day is to recognize and h...
09/27/2020

Did you know each year the last Sunday of September is observed as Gold Star Mother’s Day?

This day is to recognize and honor the service members ultimate sacrifice while honoring those who have lost a son or daughter while serving the United States Armed Forces.

THE HARBOR DEFENSE MUSEUM HAS REOPENED.PLEASE CALL THE MUSEUM FOR AN APPOINTMENT.  COVID 19 RISK MITIGATING MEASURES IN ...
09/22/2020

THE HARBOR DEFENSE MUSEUM HAS REOPENED.

PLEASE CALL THE MUSEUM FOR AN APPOINTMENT.

COVID 19 RISK MITIGATING MEASURES IN PLACE:
• NO GROUP TOURS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
• ALL VISITORS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE CONTACT INFORMATION.
• ALL VISITORS MUST WEAR A MASK IN THE MUSEUM.
• MAXIMUM OCCUPANCY IN MUSEUM WILL BE FIVE (5) PEOPLE.
• DISTANCE OF SIX (6) FEET WILL BE MAINTAINED AT ALL TIMES.
• DAILY CLEANING OF FREQUENTLY-TOUCHED SURFACES.
• DAILY DISINFECTION OF THE MUSEUM.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO VISIT PLEASE CALL 718/630-4349.

IT IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED TO CALL BEFORE YOU VISIT.

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3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
09/18/2020

3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)

After more than 75 years, U.S. Army Pvt. William D. Hedtke, 28, of Iola, Wisconsin, is finally home.

Assigned to Battery B, 319th Glider Artillery Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, Hedtke died of injuries sustained in a hard glider landing near Groesbeek, Netherlands, during Operation Market Garden on September 18, 1944. His remains were not recovered during the war.

In 2016, the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency disinterred a set of remains known as X-1230 at the Netherlands American Cemetery. Using dental and anthropological analysis, X-1230 was positively identified as Hedtke on October 17, 2019.

Soldiers of the 3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) had the distinct privilege of rendering Plane Side Honors for Pvt. Hedtke prior to his burial at Arlington National Cemetery.

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09/11/2020
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09/09/2020

FYI

US Army Captain Jason Otaño is a Brooklyn native and proud son of fallen FDNY Firefighter Adolfo Otaño who served 28 years at Engine 202 in Red Hook. He responded to both attacks at the World Trade Center. He died in 2013 from cancer resultant from toxins at Ground Zero. Captain Otaño is a legal officer in the Army Reserves who also serves at the General Counsel at the New York City Council. Tomorrow, he will be the guest speaker for Fort Hamilton's Virtual 9/11 Commemoration Observance at 11am. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives 19 years ago during the tragic events of 11 September 2001. We honor their memory and pay tribute to them. There will be a brief ceremony followed by a wreath laying in honor of this solemn occasion.

Did you know – To honor GEN Lafayette, Fort Diamond was renamed Fort Lafayette?In 1824 to celebrate our nation’s 50th an...
09/08/2020

Did you know – To honor GEN Lafayette, Fort Diamond was renamed Fort Lafayette?

In 1824 to celebrate our nation’s 50th anniversary, President James Monroe invited GEN Lafayette, the last surviving general of the American Revolution, to tour all 24 U.S. states.

GEN Lafayette accepted the offer and from July 1824 to September 1825, Lafayette traveled 6,000 miles to every state.

On September 8th, 1824 (196 years ago) during his tour, GEN Lafayette inspected the fortifications on the Narrows (Fort Hamilton wasn’t constructed yet), and dined at Fort Lafayette.

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BATTLE of BROOKLYN...The fighting in Brooklyn ended the way it began, with a large body of troops moving across NY water...
09/02/2020

BATTLE of BROOKLYN...

The fighting in Brooklyn ended the way it began, with a large body of troops moving across NY waters.
It began with the British amphibious landing at Gravesend Beach. It ended with the Marblehead men shuttling back and forth through the night and fog, as they moved the Continental Army off of Brooklyn.

How did GEN Washington pull of his great escape?

Is this one of the greatest retreats in warfare?

Or did GEN Howe miss an opportunity to capture the Continental Army by not following up his victory by attacking the fortifications on Brooklyn Heights?

Did the events of Dorchester Heights remain fresh in GEN Howe’s memory?

Maybe the British Army needed rest after an all-night march, into a morning of fighting?

Or maybe it wasn’t GEN Howe’s incompetence, maybe it was GEN Howe and his relationship with the Americans, at one time fellow countrymen?

This debate continues today.

Shortly after learning of the escape of the Continental Army, Admiral George Collier (British Army), commander of the HMS Rainbow, said, “to my inexpressible astonishment and concern the rebel army have all escaped across the River to New York! Now I foresee they will give us trouble enough, and protract the war, Heaven knows how long.”

The museum will reopen soon.

Come see the Narrows for yourself and learn more about the Battle of Brooklyn.

PLEASE CALL to make an appointment.

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Battle of Brooklyn continued.... A strategic withdrawalOn 29 August 1776 General Washington held a council of war and de...
08/31/2020

Battle of Brooklyn continued....

A strategic withdrawal

On 29 August 1776 General Washington held a council of war and decided to immediately to evacuate the Continental Army across the East River to New York City.
British engineers had dug a 300 yard trench parallel to the American lines.

The evacuation of his army under the watchful eye of the British Army would be difficult.

The task of ferrying the Continental Army was assigned to Colonel John Glover of Massachusetts. Glover commanded a well-trained unit of seamen from Marblehead, a fishing community north of Boston.
You might remember the men of Marblehead crossing the icy Delaware River on 25 Christmas1776.

That night campfires were left burning and the entrenchments were manned until the last possible moment.
The numerous small boats ferrying Soldiers and artillery across the East River were concealed by a moonless night and early morning fog.

By the morning of the 30th, the entire Continental Army was in NYC. The evacuation caught the British by surprise.

The British won the battle but had allowed the Continental Army to escape.

It was a mistake that would ultimately cost them the war.

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08/28/2020

BATTLE OF BROOKLYN continued…

On the morning of August 28th GEN Washington ordered reinforcements from Manhattan to Brooklyn Heights.

It has been estimated, 9,500 Continental troops were now on Brooklyn.

As the troops took their positions, a storm blew in from the NE, preventing the British ships from sailing into the East River.

Although safe for the moment, it began to rain heavily, and many of the Soldiers had no shelter. It had to be a struggle to keep their black powder dry.

That evening Howe’s (British) sappers began digging a system of trenches towards the American fortifications.

What was GEN Washington to do?

A sapper, also called pioneer or combat engineer, is a soldier who performs a variety of military engineering duties to include breaching fortifications.

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08/27/2020

So on August 27, 1776, (244 years ago) it seemed the British had trapped the Continental Army on Brooklyn Heights.

GEN Washington and his men had been outmaneuvered and badly beaten.
All that remained was for GEN Howe to overrun the fortifications and for his brother Admiral Howe to close in from the East River and trap the Continental Army on Brooklyn Heights.

But what happened to prevent this conclusion to the battle?

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Battle of Brooklyn continued….Lord Stirling, in the hills that would be Greenwood Cemetery had been trading shots with t...
08/27/2020

Battle of Brooklyn continued….

Lord Stirling, in the hills that would be Greenwood Cemetery had been trading shots with the British forces since the early morning.

From 0700 – 1100, his men made up of Atlee’s Pennsylvanians, Haslet’s Delawares, Smallwood’s Marylanders, and troops from Connecticut remained strongly positioned in the woods near Gowanus Road and didn’t not flinch under enemy fire.

But now three British columns (Grant, von Heister, and Cornwallis) converged on their position. Instead of being crushed in battle Stirling ordered his men to retreat through the marshlands at Gowanus Creek.

To buy time for these men, Stirling ordered Soldiers to stage a delaying action.
The 1st Maryland along with the 1st Delaware were prized as elite units in the Continental Army.
They were well drilled and equipped, to include bayonets which most of the Continental Army didn’t have at this time.

Against superior numbers he ordered his men to attack, and they did several times. A determined effort by the Marylanders allowed many who otherwise would have perished to escape to the fortifications.

These men who lost their lives, wounded, or captured became known as the Maryland 400.

But the patriots from Maryland were ultimately overwhelmed, and by 1200 the battle was largely over.

Washington’s men are now trapped on Brooklyn Heights, but Howe choose to begin siege operations rather than risk a frontal assault.

By the end of the day the Continental Army had close to 900 men taken prisoners and roughly 200 killed or wounded.
Howe’s forces suffered roughly 400 casualties.

Smallwood's Maryland Regiment, 1776 SOURCE: Uniforms of the Armies in the War of the American Revolution, 1775-1783.

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Battle of Brooklyn continued…Lord Sterling was called upon to lead the defenses on the American right flank.  GEN Sulliv...
08/27/2020

Battle of Brooklyn continued…

Lord Sterling was called upon to lead the defenses on the American right flank. GEN Sullivan was in charge of guarding the passes in the middle of the American lines.

The British ordered GEN Grant to command a force (about 5,000 men) to attack Martense Lane Pass, while the Hessians and the 42nd Royal Highlanders (Black Watch), under the command of GEN von Heister would engage the center, Flatbush Pass.

By 0830 Clinton and Howe moved 10,000 troops through Jamaica Pass.

At 0900 as planned, Howe fired two cannons announcing to the other British units the success of their maneuver.

With the cannon blasts, the Hessians and Highlanders began to move up Flatbush Pass.
GEN Sullivan’s position melted away quickly, with threats to their position from both the front (von Heister) and rear (Howe).

Hundreds of Soldiers raced through the woods to the reach the fortifications on Brooklyn Heights for safety. Some were captured by the British, others were bayoneted.

The battle in the center was over by 1100 am.

All that remained was the American right flank, led by Lord Stirling.

Did you know the first shots of the battle were fired near Red Lion inn near Martense Lane Pass?
That’s correct, British scouts were fired upon while looting a watermelon field.

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My son had a most informative chat with Tom during our recent visit to the Harbor Museum as part of a summer history assignment. Thanks Tom!