Near Pensacola Beach in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Killed in Gun Drill
—Fort Pickens —
In 1922 Hugo W. Papp looked on as the gun crew practiced firing one of Battery Payne's rapid-fire rifles. The recoil tore the gun from its mount and hurled it down the steps at Papp. In an instant he was dead. This was the only time that a life was taken by any of the guns at Fort Pickens' batteries, which never saw combat. The two 3-inch rifles here, like those at Battery Trueman, had a 360-degree sweep of fire, making them excellent protectors of the inner harbor and the Pensacola Navy Yard.
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 30° 19.676′ N, 87° 17.75′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is on Fort Pickens Road 10.5 miles west of Pensacola Beach Boulevard (Florida Route 399), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Pickens Road, Gulf Breeze FL 32561, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Van Swearingen (within shouting distance of this marker); Battery Langdon (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Battery Cullum, Battery Sevier (about Colonial Power Struggle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battery Trueman (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hurricane Ivan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fort within a Fort (approx. 0.3 miles away); Apache Prisoners (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
Regarding Battery Payne. Constructed in 1904, the design and mission of this battery was identical to Battery Trueman.
Also see . . . Fort Wiki article on Battery Payne. (Submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 198 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.