The Fort That Saved America

The Fort that Saved America

If you’ve flown into Philadelphia and are sitting on the left side of the plane, you can see Fort Mifflin just as you’re touching down. Mifflin is called “the fort that saved America” because in the winter of 1777, when the British occupied Philadelphia and Washington’s men were up against the wall, the men at Mifflin stopped British General Howe’s ships from sailing up the Delaware and delivering supplies to the occupying forces.

For six weeks 240 British guns blasted away at the fort in what is called the greatest bombardment in North America. Although the Fort was taken by the British, it held off long enough for Washington to get his army to Valley Forge and safety. For the colonists, that reprieve meant everything. (Click for directions, hours, fees)

More photos of Fort Mifflin

To learn more about Fort Mifflin

Fort Mifflin of Philadelphia: An Illustrated History

Fort Mifflin of Philadelphia: An Illustrated History

Fort Mifflin: Valiant defender of the Delaware

Colonial Soldiers at Fort Mifflin Canvas Print – Canvas Art

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