The Caponier

The Caponier (HME9U)

Location: Waynesville, NY 11209 Kings County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 36.534', W 74° 1.929'

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Fort Hamilton, with its heavy guns, defended New York City against ships. This structure defended Fort Hamilton against land attack. The caponier was a flank battery designed to sweep the back of the main fort with cannon fire and to protect the gate immediately behind you. Such a battery used canister - containers of small iron balls - which made the cannon into gigantic shotguns. Enemy infantry or marines attempting to take Fort Hamilton from the rear would have had to charge through devastating fire.

Though most forts had some sort of flank defense, caponiers are rare in U.S. military architecture. This one is probably the nation's earliest example, as well as its best surviving specimen. Finished by 1829, Fort Hamilton's caponier became militarily obsolete before the end of the nineteenth century and served most of its first 150 years as a storehouse.

On 11 June 1980, New York Area Command dedicated this part of the original fort as the Harbor Defense Museum of New York City.
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Date Added Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 8:06am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 581877 N 4495792
Decimal Degrees40.60890000, -74.03215000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 36.534', W 74° 1.929'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 36' 32.04" N, 74° 1' 55.74" W
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Area Code(s)917, 718, 646
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Sheridan Loop, Waynesville NY 11209, US
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