Fort Halifax (Pennsylvania)

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Fort Halifax was located along the Susquehanna River near the present day borough of Halifax, Pennsylvania, United States. It was a temporary stronghold in northern Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, from 1756 to 1757, during the time of the French and Indian War. The fort was erected by Col. William Clapham, with the order of Governor Morris, and guarded by a garrison of the Third Battalion of the Pennsylvania Provincial Regiment.[1] The fort was a subpost of Fort Augusta, which was the largest of the Provincial forts. It was a 160 feet (49 m) square log stockade with four bastions. It was dismantled in 1763 having become superfluous at war's end.[2]

A stone monument, erected in 1926, is located along Pennsylvania Route 147 north of Halifax along Armstrong Creek. The area of the former fort is now part of the Halifax Township Park and Conservation Area, which consists of 174 acres (0.70 km2) bordered on one side by the Susquehanna River and contains a long stretch of Armstrong Creek.[3]

Halifax Township was named in commemoration of the fort.[4]

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  1. ^ Clarence M., Busch (1896). "Report of the Commission to located the Site of the Frontier Forts of Pennsylvania". State Printer of Pennsylvania. Retrieved 2007-01-26. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Fort of Pennsylvania". American Forts Network. Retrieved 2007-01-26. [dead link]
  3. ^ "Halifax Township Park and Recreation Area". Central PA Conservancy. 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-08-24. Retrieved 2007-01-26. 
  4. ^ Notes and Queries, Historical, Biographical and Genealogical, Relating Chiefly to Interior Pennsylvania. Harrisburg Publishing Company. 1895. p. 20. 

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Coordinates: 40°28′40″N 76°56′00″W / 40.47786°N 76.93339°W / 40.47786; -76.93339