“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Northwest in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Battery Kemble Park

Defense of Washington

Defense of Washington Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, October 28, 2007
1. Defense of Washington Marker
Inscription. Built in the autumn of 1861 and enlarged in 1862, the battery was named for Gouveneur Kemble of Cold Spring, NY, a former superintendent of the West Point Foundry. The battery, which consisted of two 100-pound Parrott guns, was designed to sweep the Virginia heights across the Potomac River of any Confederate threats to Chain Bridge.
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior
National Park Service.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
Location. 38° 55.702′ N, 77° 5.725′ W. Marker is in Northwest, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on Chain Bridge Road NW, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located at the Battery Kemble Park entrance. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20007, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Birthplace of the Army Chemical Corps (approx. 0.6 miles away); Abner Cloud House (approx. 0.7 miles away); General Artemas Ward Monument (approx. 0.8 miles away); American University (approx. 0.9 miles away); John Wesley
Entrance to Battery Kemble Park Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, October 28, 2007
2. Entrance to Battery Kemble Park
(approx. 0.9 miles away); Winning the War (approx. 1.1 miles away); Live on Our Stage! (approx. 1.1 miles away); Chain Bridge (approx. 1.1 miles away in Virginia). Click for a list of all markers in Northwest.
Also see . . .
1. Battery Kemble. The park is a unit of the Rock Creek National Park. (Submitted on December 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Wikipedia entry for Gouverneur Kemble. (Submitted on April 10, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Additional comments.
1. Battery Kemble and Associated Fortifications
From "Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington," by Benjamin Franklin Cooling III and Walton H. Owen II:

Wartime garrisons were made up of the 2nd U.S. Artillery, 9th New York Heavy Artillery, and Company A, 1st New Hampshire Heavy Artillery.

Battery Kemble was one in a chain of fortifications directly protecting the DC side of the Chain Bridge. These were Battery Cameron (two 100-pdr Parrott rifles), Battery Parrott (two 100-pdr Parrott rifles), Battery Kemble, Battery Martin Scott (one 8-inch Seacoast howitzer,
Section of the Battery Kemble Earthworks Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, October 28, 2007
3. Section of the Battery Kemble Earthworks
two 32-pdr cannon, later changed to two 6-pdr cannon and two 12-pdr howitzers), and Battery Vermont (three 32-pdr seacoast cannon).
    — Submitted December 9, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
Section of the Battery Kemble Interior Photo, Click for full size
By Craig Swain, October 28, 2007
4. Section of the Battery Kemble Interior
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,803 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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