Backstory and Context
Originally built during World War II, Battery 223 was constructed to defend the shores in case of an enemy attack. Thankfully, Battery 223 never saw any action in the war, although there were regular drills and live fire tests.
As the war eventually ended in the Allies favor, Battery 223 was decommissioned in 1944. By 1950, the Army had taken down all the fixed gun harbor defenses and all the battery’s weapons were scrapped soon afterward. The buildings themselves were used for other, minor military purposes for some time afterwards.
Battery 223 was later used for radio communications by the Navy. After 1958, a concrete pad was poured onto the roof of the structure, to support a Quonset hut, but it wasn’t long until the base was slowly phased out of usage all together. Battery 223 officially became a part of Cape May Point State Park in 1962. Today the battery is no longer covered up and remains in full view for all to see. Battery 223 remains an interesting point in military history, and it was officially added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008.
Battery 223. Wikipedia. August 15, 2018. Accessed October 17, 2018. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battery_223.
Cape May. New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. November 24, 2015. Accessed October 17, 2018. https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/capemay.html.Margaret Newman. "Battery 223," National Register of Historic Places. 6-25-08.