Homepage Guestbook Who We Are Trophy Case Links Buy a Flag Historic Gifts President's House / Morris Mansion Franklin Court Merchants Exchange Merchants Exchange Independence Hall Congress Hall Congress Hall Philosophical Hall Philosophical Hall Franklin Statue Franklin Statue Second Bank New Hall First Bank Carpenters' Hall Todd House Ft. Wilson Paine Place Willings Alley Powell House Hopkinson House Contributionship St. Mary's Wistar House Girard Row Girard Row
ushistory.org
Navigation bar
republicanphiladelphia

Ft. Wilson Riots

Fort Wilson Marker
Fort Wilson Marker

Corner of Walnut and 3rd Sts.

This was the location of the Fort Wilson Riots. James Wilson was a signer of the Declaration and well respected in the Colonies. He was also a proponent of strict adherance to the rule of law, and he defended the rights of wealthy loyalist Philadelphians who sided with or helped the British during their occupation of Philadelphia. In 1778, a band of ramblerousers and militiamen stormed the house where Wilson was staying to tar and feather him and his guests and ride them out of town. Only the arrival of the military prevented the attack from succeeding, and after shots were fired and one militiaman was killed, Wilson and his friends were escorted to safety.

Next stop >

map
Clickable map
Click here for Store