Saturday, December 1, 2018
Fort Wood, N.Y. Harbor-- Part 2: Its Troops Used to Quell New York Draft Riots
In January 1861, the fort was regarrisoned as war loomed. It continued to serve as an ordnance depot but took on added duty as a recruit center. Fort Wood itself never fired a shot during the war, but troops stationed there were called upon to quell the New York City draft riots in 1863.
Following the war, Fort Wood was placed under caretaker status and in the 1880s was chosen as the site of the Statue of Liberty.
Several people who wrote to the Civil war Talk Forum said they had visited the Statue of Liberty but had no knowledge of the base having been a fort.
One person said Robert Anderson and Henry Halleck served there.