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Building a Fortress

 
 
Building a Fortress Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
1. Building a Fortress Marker
Inscription.  
U.S. army officer, Joseph G. Totten superintended the construction of Fort Adams beginning in 1825. He oversaw all details of construction until 1838, when he was appointed as the first Chief Engineer of the newly created Army Corps of Engineers.

[ Along Bottom of Marker : ]
Bricks used
2,952,418         Structural Arches
595,900            Outerwork Arches
545,992            in Tunnels
77,850              in Embrasures
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Total Bricks:     4,172, 160

Tunnels:
1,350         SE Outerworks
1,420         Center Outerworks
280            SW Outerworks
50              Tenailies
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Total in Linear Feet:     3,110’ or .59 Miles

Construction Materials:
12,516         Tons of Bricks
795,285       Tons of Soil
62,784         Tons of Gravel
48,461         Tons of Granite Blocks
20,650         Tons of Rubble Stone
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Total Weight of Ft. Adams     939,696 Tons of Materials
 
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
 
Location. 41° 28.749′ N, 71° 20.235′ W. Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker can be reached from Fort Adams Drive, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located inside Fort Adams. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Life in Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); A Giant Among Forts (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending Narragansett Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Returning Old Glory 2001 (within shouting distance of this marker); Going Great Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); Erich A. O’D. Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Irish Connection to Fort Adams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
More about this marker. A picture of Joseph Totten appears at the right of the marker. Also present are a photo of workers constructing the fort, newspaper articles requesting bricks and sand needed for construction materials, and a picture
Building a Fortress Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
2. Building a Fortress Marker
of a cross section illustrating materials used in the fort and dimensions. This last has a caption of “Building Fort Adams required more manpower than Newport could provide. Recruiters hired laborers from Ireland, where a depressed economy led many people to seek greater opportunity abroad.”
 
Parade Ground in Fort Adams image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
3. Parade Ground in Fort Adams
The Building a Fortress marker can be seen on the left side of the walkway on the parade grounds.
North Entrance of Fort Adams image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, October 8, 2011
4. North Entrance of Fort Adams
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 579 times since then and 15 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 11, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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