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Fort Jay


Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1776/04/09 Israel Putnam Patriot General Led by Continental Army General Israel Putnam, 1000 men land on Governors Island and work all night to fortify Governors Island with earthworks and 30 to 40 cannons. They will also build a battery on Red Hook, a nearby projection of Brooklyn.
1776/07/12 Patriot defenses shell the HMS Phoenix and HMS Rose as they sail up the Hudson River to the Tappan Zee, discouraging the British from entering the East River. Battle of Long Island
1794/00/00 With help from students and faculty of Columbia College, Fort Jay is erected as a square four-bastioned fort of earthworks and timber. The sandstone and brick gate house with a sculpture of an eagle remains from the original.
1809/12/00 Lt Col Jonathan Williams Architect Reconstruction of Fort Jay, renamed Fort Columbus, began in July 1806 and was completed by December 1809. The only components of the old fort judged worth saving were "the walled Counterscarp, the Gate, the Magazine, and the Barracks." - Colonel Williams

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Particulars for Fort Jay:
Owner Federal
Architectural Style Federal Style
Structure Type Fortification
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National
Sight Category Structure

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 27th March 1974

Registry Name: Fort Jay
Registry Address: Governor's Island
Registry Number: 74001268
Resource Type: Structure
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: Federal
Contributing Structures: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military
Applicable Criteria: Event
Period of Significance: 1800-1824, 1750-1799
Significant Year: 1794, 1806, 1808
Historic Function: Defense
Historic Sub-Function: Fortification
Current Function: Education
Current Sub-Function:

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