Battery Parrott was a relatively-modern Endicott emplacement designed to defend Hampton Roads from attacking battleships. The Battery was constructed between 1902 and 1904, while its guns were mounted in 1905. The Battery was transferred to the coast artillery on June 29, 1906, at a cost of some $211,500. The Battery was named for Capt. Robert F. Parrott, a famous American ordnance officer. The Battery was armed with technically-advanced Model 1900 12-inch guns on Model 1901 LF disappearing carriages. In 1928, these guns removed and replaced by two 12-inch Model 1895 guns.
This armament served until removed under orders dated December 29, 1942. In 1943, the battery was modified by building platforms on the gun blocks for the Fort Monroe 90mm anti-motor torpedo boat battery (AMTB #23), as well as adding a top level to the existing battery commanders tower. One of these 90mm M1 gun and T3 mounts was reinstalled in 1976 as a display and remains today. The Army used this emplacement for various office functions from 1946 until 2011 when it was transferred to the Fort Monroe Authority.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Waterways & Vessels.
Location. 37° 0.111′ N, 76° 18.32′ W. Marker is in Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. Marker is on Fenwick Road just west of Engineer lane, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 234 Fenwick Rd, Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Battery Irwin (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Monroe Concrete Seawall Eastern Terminus (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Point Comfort Light (about 300 feet away); Jefferson Davis Memorial Arch (about 500 feet away); An Enduring Legacy? (about 600 feet away); Fort Monroe Seawall History (about 600 feet away); Engineer Wharf (about 600 feet away); Fort Monroe History (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monroe.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 41 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.