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Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Battery Irwin

Fort Monroe

 
 
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By Devry Becker Jones, February 6, 2021
1. Battery Irwin Marker
Inscription.  The Battery was a light, rapid-fire battery with four 3-inch, 15-pounder guns was designed to defend Fort Monroe's controlled mine fields and against fast moving torpedo boats. The Battery was built from early spring 1900 to 1901; the guns were mounted in 1903. The Battery was transferred to the coast artillery on May 28, 1903, with a construction cost of $12,500. The Battery was named in 1903 for 1st Lt. Douglas S. Irwin, who was killed in the Mexican War. The Battery was originally armed with Model 1898 guns on balanced pillar mounts. This armament was removed in 1920, after the First World War. One emplacement was subsequently modified to take a 3-inch Model 1917 antiaircraft gun. After the Second World War two 3-inch Model 1902 pedestal-mounted guns were re-located to Battery Irwin from Fort Wood in 1946 to serve as saluting guns. Long since abandoned, the two saluting guns and their late box-type gun shield remain in this emplacement at Fort Monroe.
 
Erected by Fort Monroe Authority; National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
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Battery Irwin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, February 6, 2021
2. Battery Irwin Marker
Forts and Castles.
 
Location. 37° 0.101′ N, 76° 18.331′ 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 Parrott (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Point Comfort Light (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort Monroe Concrete Seawall Eastern Terminus (about 300 feet away); Jefferson Davis Memorial Arch (about 500 feet away); Fort Monroe Seawall History (about 500 feet away); Engineer Wharf (about 500 feet away); An Enduring Legacy? (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Monroe Seawall 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 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 9, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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