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Near Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

New Guns for an Old Fort

 
 
New Guns for an Old Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
1. New Guns for an Old Fort Marker
Inscription. Remnants of former gun emplacements are the reminders of the three generations of armaments that occupied this V-shaped Water Battery. Each generation reflects the latest technologies and precision in the manufacture of armaments.

1830 - The first guns to be positioned were considered adequate to sink the wooden-hulled ships of a passing naval flotilla.

1872-1898 - The fort was redesigned after the Civil War and made larger; more powerful guns were installed. New technology in casting from cannon made it possible to produce powerful 15-inch Rodman Cannon capable of hurling a 434-pound, 15-inch explosive sphere three miles. These guns were installed in 1896.

1898-1920 - A pair of rapid fire 4-inch guns of the Endicott period were placed on top of the thick concrete emplacement known as Battery White. The principal role of these two smaller guns was to protect the minefield in the river channel. These guns were part of a large and elaborate 341-acre fort system designed to sink heavily armored naval ships.
 
Location. 38° 42.708′ N, 77° 2.129′ W. Marker is near Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fort Washington Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in Fort Washington
Battery White image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
2. Battery White
The marker is visible in front of Battery White
Park, at the water battery near Battery White. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Water Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Shot and Shell (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Water Battery (about 300 feet away); Minefields (about 300 feet away); Self-Destruction (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Fort Washington’s Waterside Trail (about 400 feet away); The Northwest Demi-Bastion (about 400 feet away); Caponiere (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Washington.
 
More about this marker. The marker displays drawings of a 24-pounder seacoast gun on barbette mount, a 15-inch Rodman on a center pivot mount, and a 4-inch rapid fire gun on a shielded mount.
 
Also see . . .  Fort Washington. National Park Service site. (Submitted on June 1, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitary
 
New Guns for an Old Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
3. New Guns for an Old Fort Marker
The stairways lead up to the firing platforms where 4-inch rapid fire guns were mounted.
The Glacis for Battery White image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
4. The Glacis for Battery White
Built over the apex of the old water battery, Battery White included a built up earth mound to protect the concrete gun emplacement.
  &nbsp24 Pounder image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
5.    24 Pounder
1830 - The first guns to be positioned were considered adequate to sink the wooden-hulled ships of a passing naval flotilla.
   15 inch Rodman Gun image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
6.    15 inch Rodman Gun
1872-1898 - The fort was redesigned after the Civil War and made larger; more powerful guns were installed. New technology in casting from cannon made it possible to produce powerful 15-inch Rodman Cannon capable of hurling a 434-pound, 15-inch explosive sphere three miles. These guns were installed in 1896.
   4 inch Guns image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, January 12, 2014
7.    4 inch Guns
1898-1920 - A pair of rapid fire 4-inch guns of the Endicott period were placed on top of the thick concrete emplacement known as Battery White. The principal role of these two smaller guns was to protect the minefield in the river channel. These guns were part of a large and elaborate 341-acre fort system designed to sink heavily armored naval ships.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 869 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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