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Alexandria in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battery Sater

 
 
Battery Sater Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 26, 2011
1. Battery Sater Marker
Inscription. Battery Sater and Other Defensive Tactics
Fort Hunt became fully armed as a coastal defense installation upon completion of Battery Sater, the last of the four gun batteries. Battery Sater also served as a command center for mines placed in the river between Fort Hunt and its partner in coastal defense across the river, Fort Washington (MD). The minefields, located 4,000 to 8,000 yards from the main defense, forced enemy ships to slow down and stay within firing range of one or both of the forts.

Completed: January 1904
Artillery: Three 3-inch, 15-pound, rapid-fire guns
Dimensions: 102feet wide x 48 feet deep x 13.5 feet high
Range of Fire: 4.5 miles
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Stay on designated paths. Please watch your step. Historic surfaces are uneven and may be damp or slippery. Use handrails when climbing stairs.

Climbing on or attempting to access restricted areas of historic structures is unsafe and may damage park resources.

It is illegal to remove anything from Fort Hunt Park. Everything is protected so you and future generations may enjoy these historic resources.
 
Erected by George Washington Memorial Highway - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
Weapons of Battery Sater image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 26, 2011
2. Weapons of Battery Sater
Left: Buoyant mines floated in position and were held in place by a 1,000-pound anchor.

Right: Small caliber rapid-fire gun
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Location. 38° 42.927′ N, 77° 2.889′ W. Marker is in Alexandria, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is on Fort Hunt Park Loop, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Located in Fort Hunt Park, a unit of the George Washington Memorial Parkway administered by the National Park Service. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria VA 22308, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Protecting America's Legacy (within shouting distance of this marker); Beyond What You See Today (about 800 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Hunt Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); People and the Land (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Support of American Defense (approx. 0.2 miles away); P.O. Box 1142 (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Last Defense (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Hunt. NPS site. (Submitted on June 5, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
Fort Hunt image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 26, 2011
3. Fort Hunt
An overview photo shows the location of Battery Sater in relation to the fort's other facilities.
Battery Sater and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 26, 2011
4. Battery Sater and Marker
Battery Sater Sign image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 26, 2011
5. Battery Sater Sign
A Magazine at Battery Sater image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 26, 2011
6. A Magazine at Battery Sater
Gun Emplacement at Battery Sater image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 26, 2011
7. Gun Emplacement at Battery Sater
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 447 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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