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Cape Elizabeth in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Fort Williams

 
 
Fort Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 16, 2009
1. Fort Williams Marker
Inscription. This former military installation, begun in 1873 and known as The Battery at Portland Head, was a sub-post of Fort Preble until 1898 when it became a separate independent fort.
It was designated Fort Williams in honor of Brevet Major General Seth Williams, a native of Maine, and Assistant Adjutant General, U.S. Army.
This coastal defense installation guarded the entrance to Casco Bay and was the headquarters for the harbor defenses of Portland.
It remained an active military base until it was closed in 1964.
 
Erected by South Portland - Cape Elizabeth Historical Society.
 
Location. 43° 37.379′ N, 70° 12.554′ W. Marker is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland County. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Elizabeth ME 04107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civilian Conservation Corps (here, next to this marker); Portland Head Light (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Eagle-56 (PE-56) (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Fort Williams (within shouting distance of this marker); A Town Within A Town
Fort Williams Battery image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 16, 2009
2. Fort Williams Battery
(within shouting distance of this marker); CCC Headquarters (within shouting distance of this marker); Annie C. McGuire Shipwreck Memorial (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Blair (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Cape Elizabeth.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitary
 
Fort Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2011
3. Fort Williams Marker
Cannon at Fort Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2011
4. Cannon at Fort Williams Marker
Bell at Fort Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2011
5. Bell at Fort Williams Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,047 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4, 5. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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