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Jonathan Williams - First Superintendent of West Point and First Head of the Army Corps of Engineers - Assesses New York Harbor Defenses
Autograph Letter Signed, to Richard Whiley, December 1, 1809, New York. 2 pp., 7 3/4 x 10 in. As Commander of the Corps of Engineers, Jonathan Williams planned and supervised the construction of New York Harbor's defenses. In this letter to the commander of Fort Columbus on Governors Island, Williams gives a detailed report on the state of the fortifications and their capacity for additional artillery. Excerpts: "In compliance with your verball request I sit down to give you information respecting the Artillery that may be mounted on the different Works in this City & Harbour." "The Platform at Ellis Island has long been ready to receive twenty Pieces of the heaviest metal on Carriages similar to those at Fort Columbus. "The mortar Battery on Bedlows Island is finished in part & might be ready to receive mortars of any Caliber in a short notice, nothing but the removal of Earth & the platform being necessary; but the work itself is not far enough advanced to receive any Guns. "The Castle on the point of Governors Island has eleven french 36s mounted, & Fifteen more have long been expected to arrive from the Columbian Foundery. These 26 may be ready for action as soon as they can be mounted. Although it would be prudent to avoid putting Guns on the second tier until the arches are dry yet upon an emergency 16 thirty two pounders might be placed there immediately. The Force of this Castle when completed may be considered at least 52 heavy Guns under a Bombproof cover, & 48 on the terrasse above making 100 Guns. if it were necessary 26 more might be put in the 3d tier of embra … [Click Below for Full Description]
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