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Building a Fortress

 
 
Building a Fortress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
1. Building a Fortress Marker
Inscription.
U.S. army officer, Joseph G. Totten superintended the construction of Fort Adams beginning in 1825. He oversaw all details of construction until 1838, when he was appointed as the first Chief Engineer of the newly created Army Corps of Engineers.

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Bricks used
2,952,418 Structural Arches
595,900 Outerwork Arches
545,992 in Tunnels
77,850 in Embrasures
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Total Bricks: 4,172, 160

Tunnels:
1,350 SE Outerworks
1,420 Center Outerworks
280 SW Outerworks
50 Tenailies
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Total in Linear Feet: 3,110 or .59 Miles

Construction Materials:
12,516 Tons of Bricks
795,285 Tons of Soil
62,784 Tons of Gravel
48,461 Tons of Granite Blocks
20,650 Tons of Rubble Stone
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Total Weight of Ft. Adams 939,696 Tons of Materials
 
Erected by Fort Adams State Park.
 
Location. 41° 28.749′ N, 71° 20.235′ W. Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport
Building a Fortress Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
2. Building a Fortress Marker
County. Marker can be reached from Fort Adams Drive, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located inside Fort Adams. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life in Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); A Giant Among Forts (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending Narragansett Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Returning Old Glory 2001 (within shouting distance of this marker); Going Great Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); Erich A. OD. Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Irish Connection to Fort Adams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Newport.
 
More about this marker. A picture of Joseph Totten appears at the right of the marker. Also present are a photo of workers constructing the fort, newspaper articles requesting bricks and sand needed for construction materials, and a picture of a cross section illustrating materials used in the fort and dimensions. This last has a caption of “Building Fort Adams required more manpower than Newport could provide. Recruiters hired laborers from Ireland, where a depressed economy led many people to seek
Parade Ground in Fort Adams image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
3. Parade Ground in Fort Adams
The Building a Fortress marker can be seen on the left side of the walkway on the parade grounds.
greater opportunity abroad.”
 
Also see . . .  History of Fort Adams. Fort Adams State Park website. (Submitted on October 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
North Entrance of Fort Adams image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
4. North Entrance of Fort Adams
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 397 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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