Military Magazine

Military Magazine (HM4TC)

Location: Fort Lee, NJ 07024 Bergen County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 50.991', W 73° 57.796'

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The military magazine derives its name from the Arabic word, "Makhazin", meaning granary, or storehouse. Revolutionary War magazines were constructed with emphasis on fire and waterproofing, easy accessibility to the guns serviced and security from enemy fire.

A typical magazine had thick native stone walls filled with soil which protected a massive brick archway where the munitions were housed. A wooden door leading to the storage area provided ready access to the gun-powder stores while minimizing the hazard of an enemy round striking the explosive powder.

To safeguard the munitions from adverse weather, a sloping board or shingled roof was built atop the stone walls to furnish a secure gunpowder storage area.

Gunpowder is a mixture of saltpeter, sulphur and charcoal. When compressed and ignited this black powder explodes and can propel shot or cannon balls from muzzle-loaded rifles, mortars and artillery.
HM NumberHM4TC
Placed ByFort Lee Historic Park
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:34pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 587389 N 4522606
Decimal Degrees40.84985000, -73.96326667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 50.991', W 73° 57.796'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 50' 59.46" N, 73° 57' 47.76" W
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Area Code(s)201
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 4403 Henry Hudson Dr, Fort Lee NJ 07024, US
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