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

Battery Blair

 
 
Battery Blair Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, July 16, 2009
1. Battery Blair Marker
Inscription.  Battery Blair was completed in 1903. It was named for Francis P. Blair, Jr., a veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars who rose to the rank of major general and later represented Missouri in the U.S. Senate. The battery consisted of two twelve-inch guns, the largest in use at the time, which were designed to protect Portland Harbor from attacks by battleships and cruisers. The guns were mounted on disappearing carriages that returned them to shelter below the level of the parapet after firing, for both protection from hostile fire and rapidity of loading. Powder and shells were raised on mechanical hoists from magazines on the lower level and moved to the guns on dollies for loading. The guns were aimed with data provided by a sophisticated observation and plotting system and were fired by the National Guard during summer training. The battery was manned during World War I and the early years of World War II.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Mexican-AmericanWar, US CivilWar, World IWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1903.
 
Location. 43° 37.351′ 
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N, 70° 12.661′ W. Marker is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is in Fort Williams Park. 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. Daily Life (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); National Guard (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Battery Blair (about 300 feet away); Fort Williams (about 300 feet away); A Town Within A Town (about 300 feet away); CCC Headquarters (about 300 feet away); Artillery Engineer Storehouse (about 300 feet away); a different marker also named Artillery Engineer Storehouse (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Elizabeth.
 
Battery Blair image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Beverly Pfingsten, July 16, 2009
2. Battery Blair
Battery Blair image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2011
3. Battery Blair
Battery Blair Relief on Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2011
4. Battery Blair Relief on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 11, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,275 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 11, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on December 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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