The Latrines

The Latrines (HMEJR)

Location: Pennsville Township, NJ 08070 Salem County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 36.254', W 75° 33.163'

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Fort Mott State Park

Two latrines were built within the parados for soldiers assigned to the gun batterys. The bathrooms each had several toilets for enlisted men, a private stall for officers and a large cast-iron urinal.

Toilets were similar to our modern flush toilets, except that the plumbing took the waste directly to the moat and not to a septic system. Since the moat was tidal and controlled by a sluice gate, the sewage was flushed out into the Delaware River with each tidal change. In addition to the practical necessity of the latrines, this system also served as part of an overall defense strategy: any enemy who tried to cross the moat first had to get through the sewage.
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HM NumberHMEJR
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Placed ByState of New Jersey
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Date Added Monday, September 1st, 2014 at 6:06pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 452548 N 4383978
Decimal Degrees39.60423333, -75.55271667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 36.254', W 75° 33.163'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 36' 15.24" N, 75° 33' 9.78" W
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Area Code(s)609, 856
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 454 Fort Mott Rd, Pennsville Township NJ 08070, US
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