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Outer Battery

 
 
Outer Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
1. Outer Battery Marker
Inscription. This complex of earthen embankments and masonry structures has been the site of Fort McHenry’s heaviest artillery since about 1840. The U.S. Army kept this battery heavily armed during the Civil War to discourage any Confederate attempts to take Baltimore through naval attack or civil insurrection.

The large cannon you see today were mounted after the Civil War and are not associated with the famous 1814 bombardment. The big guns remained in service as late as 1912 but were never fired in battle.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.79′ N, 76° 34.738′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on E Fort Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is on grounds of Fort McHenry National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Guns of the Fort... (a few steps from this marker); Experimental Carriages (a few steps from this marker); O Say Can You See? (a few steps from this marker); Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire (within shouting
Outer Battery Marker and 8-inch Rodman gun image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
2. Outer Battery Marker and 8-inch Rodman gun
distance of this marker); The Guns That Won the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker); Sailors Fighting Sailors (within shouting distance of this marker); Army "Sailors," Navy "Soldiers" (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guns that Won the Battle (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a map of the Outer Battery, with the caption “A network of brick paths will lead you through the outer battery. The twelve Rodman guns still in place are well-preserved examples of coastal artillery dating from the Civil War through the 1890’s. Beneath the earthworks are magazines and bombproofs designed to protect ammunition and personnel from enemy fire.

The right side of the marker features a series of pictures depicting the steps necessary to load and fire a Rodman gun. They have a caption of “A crew of fourteen serviced the 15-inch Rodman gun. At the command ‘Load!,’ four cannoneers carried the heavy projectile to the gun, using shellhooks and a bar. After cleaning the bore and inserting the explosive charge,
Outer Battery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
3. Outer Battery Marker
the projectile was hoisted into position at the muzzle. The 15-inch projectile was inserted and set home with a rammer. A ratchet cranked the gun forward on its chassis to firing position. Recoil at discharge caused the gun to slide back. The gunner looked through a removable sight to determine elevation and direction. The cannoneers rotate the carriage right or left at the gunner’s command. With most of the crew at a safe distance to the rear, the remaining cannoneers turned the face of the gun and gave the lanyard a brisk pull. The water resistant fuse plug was designed to explode an iron projectile after it first penetrated the enemy’s ship side. The fuse was ignited automatically when the gun was fired.”
 
Also see . . .  Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. National Park Service. (Submitted on August 30, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesNotable Places
 
Marker at Fort McHenry image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
4. Marker at Fort McHenry
Tourists read the Outer Battery marker behind the muzzle of a 15-inch Rodman gun image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
5. Tourists read the Outer Battery marker behind the muzzle of a 15-inch Rodman gun
Tourists read the Outer Battery Marker with an 8-inch Roman gun in the foreground image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, October 13, 2012
6. Tourists read the Outer Battery Marker with an 8-inch Roman gun in the foreground
Artillery of the Outer Battery image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
7. Artillery of the Outer Battery
Twelve 15-inch Rodman guns, such as these, are found at Fort McHenry along the Outer Battery. Although in place for over 70 years, these guns were never fired in anger.
Map of the Outer Battery from the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 15, 2008
8. Map of the Outer Battery from the Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,328 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5, 6. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   7, 8. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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