Somers Point Sand Fort. In 1812, Locals Didn’t Wait For Federal Govt.

Sand Fort Monument at New Jersey Ave. and Beach, Somers Point, NJ

As we struggle with coronavirus, this Sand Fort Monument reminds us of when Americans didn’t wait for Federal govt. to protect themselves & families. During War of 1812, locals formed, trained, & equipped own militia and built own fort in Somers Point, NJ to prevent and stop British attacks. 

Volunteers included familiar South Jersey names. Officers included Scull, Risley, Frambes, Somers & Gifford. Others included Albertson, Blackman, Clayton, Doughty, Godfrey, Ireland, Jeffers, Smith, Steelman, Tilton, Townsend, Vansant & Winner.

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