Newport in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Changing Role of the Fort
The late 19th century saw revolutionary changes in both weapons and strategies of defense. Steam powered ships with high velocity naval guns could now bring the walls down and rendered forts obsolete. To remedy the risk, Fort Adams expanded outside its main walls. Just before 1900, the Army built six new batteries and armed them with modern cannons and mortars. These batteries could fire at greater ranges to protect Newport and Narragansett Bay.
From 1900 on, the older fort walls served primarily to house soldiers rather than to provide defense. New barracks were added to the southwest and southeast walls. During World War I, the fort saw service as a depot for units departing for duty in France. Three regiments of artillery were formed and trained at Fort Adams. They brought some of the fort’s guns with them into combat.
[ Along Bottom of Marker : ]
New Cannon Capabilities
Made of Steel
8 12-inch Mortars
8 12-inch Mortars
3 6-inch Rifles
2 4.7-inch Rifles
2 3-inch Mine Defense Guns
Green & Edgerton opposite Brenton Cove & Newport Harbor
Reilly, Bankhead, Talbot & Belton along East Passage from the fort south to Eisenhower house.
New Homes Officer’s Quarters built south of the fort
New enlisted barracks built of brick on the old south wall
Erected by Fort Adams State Park.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Forts and Castles. A significant historical year for this entry is 1900.
Location. 41° 28.725′ N, 71° 20.314′ 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. Three Tiers of Firepower (within shouting distance of this marker); Between the Wars (within shouting distance of this marker); Southwest Battery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Giant Among Forts (about 300 feet away); Building a FortressDefending From Land Assault (about 400 feet away); Fort Adams Foundation (about 500 feet away); Life in Fort Adams (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker contains a map of Fort Adams showing the locations of the new batteries. Also present are four photographs of soldiers in Fort Adams.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 494 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.