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Near Hammond in Clatsop County, Oregon — The American West (Northwest)
 

Battery Pratt

 
 
Battery Pratt Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
1. Battery Pratt Marker
Inscription.  The gun you see here at Battery Pratt is a replica of the 6-inch rifles that once were a part of the fort's artillery. Battery Pratt was named on behalf of Lt. James P. Pratt, who was killed during the Civil War. The two 6 inch guns on this emplacement were mounted on "disappearing" carriages, and were added to provide supplemental firepower for the West Battery.
Battery Pratt was modernized to protect the adjacent Columbia River mine fields during WWII. The battery was manned and on duty during the night of the Japanese submarine attack on June 21, 1942. This gun replica is being constructed by the Friends of Old Fort Stevens, a non-profit, cooperative association between volunteers and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Your support is vital to preserving all the chapters of history that are part of this park.
 
Erected by Oregon State Parks.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts or CastlesWar, World II.
 
Location. 46° 12.42′ N, 123° 57.996′ W.
Battery Pratt and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
2. Battery Pratt and Marker
Marker is near Hammond, Oregon, in Clatsop County. Marker can be reached from Pacific Drive near Russell Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hammond OR 97121, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Peter Iredale (approx. 2.1 miles away); The Wreck of the Peter Iredale (approx. 2.1 miles away); Fort Columbia (approx. 3.8 miles away in Washington); Japanese Bombardment (approx. 4.1 miles away); Astoria Sesquicentennial (approx. 5.4 miles away); Ghadar Party (approx. 5.7 miles away); Uniontown Curfew Bell (approx. 5.7 miles away); Soldiers Monument (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hammond.
 
More about this marker. Battery Pratt is located in Fort Stevens State Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Stevens (Oregon) -- Wikipedia. Fort Stevens was an American military installation that guarded the mouth of the Columbia River in the state of Oregon. Built near the end of the American Civil War, it was named for a slain Civil War general and former Washington Territory governor, Isaac Stevens. The fort was an active military reservation from 1863–1947.[2] It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Submitted on February 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 

2. Fort Stevens - Oregon Encyclopedia. One of the three major forts designed to protect the mouth of the Columbia River, Fort Stevens was constructed
Battery Pratt Disappearing Gun image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
3. Battery Pratt Disappearing Gun
on the Oregon side of the river’s mouth. The three forts—Fort Stevens, and, in Washington, Forts Columbia and Canby—were authorized by an act of Congress in February 1862 to provide “for the defense in Oregon and Washington Territory at or near the mouth of the Columbia River.” While the original purpose was to protect the river from Confederate commerce raiders (such as the C.S.S. Alabama), the Civil War was over before Fort Stevens was fully operational.
(Submitted on February 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Battery Pratt Disappearing Gun image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 23, 2017
4. Battery Pratt Disappearing Gun
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2018. It was originally submitted on February 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 133 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on February 8, 2018, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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