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Cape Elizabeth in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Battery Erasmus Keyes

 
 
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By TeamOHE, July 2, 2018
1. Battery Erasmus Keyes Marker
Inscription.  Battery Erasmus Keyes was completed In 1905 and named for Erasmus D. Keyes, a Maine resident and graduate of the U.S. Military Academy who rose to the rank of major general during the Civil War. The battery mounted two three-inch, rapid fire guns to protect the mine field that was laid in the main channel during wartime. The distance to a target was determined by a range finder mounted in the building to the right of the battery, which also served as the battery commander's station. A searchlight was located to the left of the battery to provide illumination at night. The building in the center of the battery housed two mine control stations to plot the location of targets in the mine field. The lower level contained a magazine for each gun and a storeroom. During World War II Battery Keyes was the "alert" battery, which was manned and prepared to fire on any vessel which failed to identify itself properly.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, US CivilWar, World II.
 
Location. 43° 37.617′ N, 70° 12.75′ W. Marker is
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By TeamOHE, July 2, 2018
2. Battery Erasmus Keyes Marker
in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Shore Road north of Littlejohn Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Elizabeth ME 04107, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Goddard Mansion (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Battery Hobart (about 700 feet away); Looking North (approx. ¼ mile away); Looking East (approx. ¼ mile away); Looking South (approx. ¼ mile away); Battery Blair (approx. 0.3 miles away); Civilian Conservation Corps (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fort Williams (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Elizabeth.
 
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By TeamOHE, July 2, 2018
3. Battery Erasmus Keyes Marker
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By TeamOHE, July 2, 2018
4. Battery Erasmus Keyes Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 6, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 5, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. This page has been viewed 24 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 5, 2020, by TeamOHE of Wauseon, Ohio. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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