June 29, 1998 |
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.
April 6, 1994 |
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.
November 11, 1996 |
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.
March 9, 2015 |
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.
May 25, 1990 |
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.
November 9, 2012 |
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.
December 9, 2013 |
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.
February 10, 1990 |
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.
November 30, 1987 |
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)
March 14, 1991 |
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.