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June 29, 1998 | Inquirer photos by Michael Perez
Fort Mifflin yesterday relived the 1777 British barrage that left King George shaken up by how determined the Americans were to block supplies to redcoats in occupied Philadelphia.
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April 6, 1994 | ALEJANDRO A. ALVAREZ/ DAILY NEWS
A fire destroyed an Army Corps of Engineers storage building at Hog Island and Fort Mifflin roads in Southwest Philadelphia yesterday. There were no injuries. During the fire, near historic Fort Mifflin, one of the building's walls collapsed. In photo above, firefighters help a colleague who fell or was knocked over, apparently when a hose under pressure was disconnected. An aerial ladder (right) and a marine unit in the Delaware River also battled the fire.
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November 11, 1996 | Inquirer photographs by Michael S. Wirtz
American soldiers lost the battle at Fort Mifflin 219 years ago, but they won valuable time for the colonists by delaying British supply ships. Yesterday - the anniversary of the day the battle began - about 50 re-enactors were at the rebuilt fort, on the Delaware River south of the Schuylkill, to re-create the defeat.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The reenacting season opened with a literal cannon shot over the mud and snow at Fort Mifflin on Saturday afternoon. A diverse array of reenactors portraying German and Allied soldiers slogging through the bloody Battle of Verdun in 1916 looked on, and a group of 21st-century visitors watched in the bright sun, enticed by the fort's First World War reenactment and a break in the frigid weather. Despite the tangled, time-warpish nature of the gathering, it would seem a typical opening for Fort Mifflin, a local and National Historic Landmark by Philadelphia International Airport on the Delaware River.
NEWS
May 25, 1990 | BY RICHARD C. TORBERT
Fort Mifflin, which lies at the southern tip of the city where the Schuylkill River flows into the Delaware, is a Philadelphia treasure. Until recently, it was a hidden one. The fort, which played a vital role in the defense of the colonies during the second year of the Revolutionary War, has a long and honorable history. It was designed by John Montresor, a British army engineer and construction began on Mud Island in 1772. Rumblings of the coming rebellion, however, brought the work to a halt.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2012 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a weekend of living history and experience the American Revolution as Fort Mifflin and the Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society celebrate the 235th anniversary of the Siege and Bombardment. Guests can go on a kid-friendly scavenger hunt and speak to actors portraying soldiers to find items such as an argyle stocking, a slow match, cocoa nibs, and more. Learn about 18th-century weapons and how soldiers prepared meals in open-hearth demonstrations. Join the Continental Army, participate in a musket drill, then reenergize with a sample of American Heritage chocolate.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA When John Christinzio was a kid, he spent a month in school learning about World War II. Today, he said, it is just a "blip" on the school calendar, five days at most. That's one of the reasons the 52-year-old architect from South Philadelphia brought his fifth-grade son to Fort Mifflin on Saturday, the 72d anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Fort Mifflin event not only marked this nation's entrance into the war, but it also hosted the reenactment of one of the more obscure battles of World War II, the Battle for Schmidt in Germany's Hurtgen Forest in November 1944.
NEWS
February 10, 1990 | By Edward Colimore,Inquirer Staff Writer
In the Delaware River lay the mighty British navy, its 10 warships bristling with cannons and ready for action. On nearby land, more big guns, all trained on the target: a small, star-shaped fort that withstood one pounding after another. For six weeks, the band of defiant Americans - most wounded or ill - held on, in the muddy rubble, against the world's pre-eminent power. Some of them actually collected spent British cannonballs and fired them back at their attackers. In the end, after the walls of their garrison were flattened by the greatest bombardment of the Revolutionary War, the Americans evacuated Fort Mifflin, leaving their flag flying over the burning ruins.
NEWS
November 30, 1987 | By Michael E. Ruane, Inquirer Staff Writer
At one point in the siege, American soldiers scurried about gathering spent enemy cannonballs to fire back at their attackers, and British marines were so close that they pitched grenades into the fort from a ship's crow's-nest. Down below, the British broadsides splintered timbers and gouged the earth as the Americans hugged the muddy rubble. In the end, the defenders stole across the Delaware at night, their flag still flying over the blazing wreck of the fort on Mud Island. "The behaviour of the (Americans)
NEWS
March 14, 1991 | By Gloria A. Hoffner, Special to The Inquirer
Beginning in December 1777, 430 Colonial American soldiers stationed at Fort Mifflin in Southwest Philadelphia held off an invasion by the British fleet for 40 days at a cost of more than 300 lives. Although the British eventually captured the fort, the long standoff by soldiers at the compound prevented the British from engaging Gen. George Washington at Valley Forge. This early battle at Fort Mifflin is little-known, but it will soon become the subject of a new movie by local actor-turned- producer George Chewkanes.
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March 31, 2015 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Hessians were out for blood that autumn day in 1777. They marched 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, hoping to surprise the American defenders of Fort Mercer on the Delaware River. Instead, they fell into a trap. Many of Britain's German allies passed over the abandoned earthen walls topped with pointed logs, and then cheered, thinking they'd breached the fort and were close to victory. On the other side, though, was another wall - and a deadly hail of artillery and musket fire that cut through their ranks like a scythe.
NEWS
March 9, 2015 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The reenacting season opened with a literal cannon shot over the mud and snow at Fort Mifflin on Saturday afternoon. A diverse array of reenactors portraying German and Allied soldiers slogging through the bloody Battle of Verdun in 1916 looked on, and a group of 21st-century visitors watched in the bright sun, enticed by the fort's First World War reenactment and a break in the frigid weather. Despite the tangled, time-warpish nature of the gathering, it would seem a typical opening for Fort Mifflin, a local and National Historic Landmark by Philadelphia International Airport on the Delaware River.
NEWS
July 30, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a breathless Jonas Cattell dashed into Fort Mercer that October day in 1777, the enemy wasn't far behind. Hours earlier, the 18-year-old had overheard talk of an attack on the American fort and ran the 10 miles from Haddonfield to Red Bank, Gloucester County, bypassing Hessian mercenaries along the way. His timely warning gave the American defenders time to reposition their artillery and set a trap that decimated the Hessians. About 400 of them - a third of the German force - were mowed down by cannon and musket fire, then buried in a mass grave at what is now Red Bank Battlefield Park.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2014 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
Join the troops and celebrate the bicentennial of "The Star-Spangled Banner" on Saturday at Fort Mifflin's "The War of 1812: Celebrating Our National Anthem. " Guests will learn the history of the fort, including its preparedness to defend Philadelphia. Guided tours and living history activities will be featured, and you can sign up to join the Fort Mifflin Rifle Regiment to learn drills and colonial military activities. In honor of the bicentennial, guests will learn the little-known connection between Fort Mifflin and Fort McHenry.
NEWS
April 1, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
They don't call it Mud Island for nothing. On Sunday, two days of rain and drizzle had left widening pools and fields of shoe-sucking muck in and around Fort Mifflin on the Delaware River. No one at the fort cared, it seemed. Certainly not the more than 40 volunteers who swarmed the place as the British never did. They were intent on cleaning and polishing and ripping out burned and bedraggled building elements, casting all debris into growing piles of soggy timbers and woebegone insulation.
NEWS
December 9, 2013 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA When John Christinzio was a kid, he spent a month in school learning about World War II. Today, he said, it is just a "blip" on the school calendar, five days at most. That's one of the reasons the 52-year-old architect from South Philadelphia brought his fifth-grade son to Fort Mifflin on Saturday, the 72d anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The Fort Mifflin event not only marked this nation's entrance into the war, but it also hosted the reenactment of one of the more obscure battles of World War II, the Battle for Schmidt in Germany's Hurtgen Forest in November 1944.
NEWS
July 1, 2013 | By Aubrey Whelan, Inquirer Staff Writer
A dozen or so people were climbing stairs and shuffling through corridors in the abandoned apartment house on Lancaster Avenue, but the atmosphere in Hawthorne Hall felt more like that of a cathedral. For years, the building housed a theater used by fraternal organizations such as the Knights of Pythias and the Odd Fellows. But for the last month, it has played host to an enormous, multi-room indoor art installation made of found objects - all part of the Hidden City Festival, which has curated installations at nine other abandoned or underused sites around the city.
NEWS
May 6, 2013 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nicholas Biddle Jr., 95, of Gladwyne, a businessman and civic leader who was instrumental in establishing Fort Mifflin on the Delaware as a historic treasure for visitors, died Friday, April 26, of heart failure at home. Mr. Biddle was a descendant of a storied Philadelphia family; its members arrived here from England in the time of William Penn. The line produced a president of the Second Bank of the United States whose home, Andalusia, is a historic mansion in Bucks County; a young naval hero who died at sea fighting the British in 1778; and an envoy who received accolades from two presidents when he died in 1961.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2012 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
On Saturday and Sunday, enjoy a weekend of living history and experience the American Revolution as Fort Mifflin and the Olde Fort Mifflin Historical Society celebrate the 235th anniversary of the Siege and Bombardment. Guests can go on a kid-friendly scavenger hunt and speak to actors portraying soldiers to find items such as an argyle stocking, a slow match, cocoa nibs, and more. Learn about 18th-century weapons and how soldiers prepared meals in open-hearth demonstrations. Join the Continental Army, participate in a musket drill, then reenergize with a sample of American Heritage chocolate.
NEWS
October 2, 2012 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thomas J. "TJ" Reilly Jr., 72, of Huntingdon Valley, a retired financial executive who contributed his accounting talents to educational and cultural organizations, died at home Saturday, Sept. 15, of heart failure. Mr. Reilly spent his professional career with the accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co. and was a partner when he retired in 2000. He was widely acknowledged as an auditing specialist, his son Thomas said, and he testified as an expert witness in tax-auditing cases. Mr. Reilly served on the Blue Ribbon Commission of the National Association of Corporate Directors and was a member of the executive committee of the Philadelphia chapter of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
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