Visiting Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia

Visiting Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia

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Fort Mifflin PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA - Fort Mifflin dates back to 1771 and saw heavy action during the Revolutionary War in 1777, becoming one of Philadelphia's underrated historic attractions.

The Patriots had substantially completed Mud Island in the Delaware River before being bombarded by British artillery. Its presence posed a significant barrier in resupplying its army occupying Philadelphia, and General William Howe set about clearing it away as quickly as possible.

Fort Mifflin saw one of North American history's most extensive bombardments ever undertaken. Outnumbered and outgunned, its garrison battled valiantly against British firepower until ultimately being overwhelmed, prompting its defenders to leave in November 1777 en masse as supplies into Philadelphia were blocked, allowing the British forces to focus their attention on wiping out George Washington's army before winter set in.

Today, visitors can tour the fort and witness where both ammunition (which could be very noisy) and people were housed. Furthermore, visitors can watch how a gunpowder magazine was made and hear about American soldiers' use of muskets in battle. Furthermore, special events, such as reenactments of the Battle of Philadelphia or candlelight ghost tours at night that attract paranormal enthusiasts, are regularly hosted.

Fort Mifflin provides an enlightening experience, no matter your interest: military history or paranormal activities. As the oldest active military facility in America and operating base predating the Declaration of Independence, Fort Mifflin presents visitors with an unforgettable opportunity.

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