Fort Ogilvie was one of a number of forts and batteries established in Point Pleasant Park commencing in the late 18th century as part of the extensive Halifax Defence Complex. It was constructed in the 1790s during the Napoleon war with a commanding view of Halifax Harbour and overlooking nearby batteries. Named after British commander Brigadier General James Ogilvie, the fort’s first armament included six 24 pounder cannon mounted on traversing platforms; in the 1860s the fort was enlarged and rearmed. A battery and fire control building were added prior to the First World War. Early in the Second World War more modern armament was installed at Fort Ogilvie. The site ceased active operation in 1942 and part of the fortification remains. Like other fortifications in the area Fort Ogilvie never fired a short in anger.