Fort Monroe, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Fort Monroe Seawall History
Seawall Construction Details
The 1895 seawall was a single poured-concrete gravity structure of monolithic crushed stone and sand aggregate. The wall had no pilings or internal reinforcements. Lieutenant D. DuB. Gaillard designed the wall for the U.S. Army. Design plans proposed a concrete wall with footings sunk 8 feet below the beach and existing riprap in places. The superstructure of the wall was 8 feet high and had a width of 4 feet at the bottom and 2 feet at the top of the structure.
Construction materials needed for the wall included 893 cubic yards of concrete, 710.5 barrels of Portland cement, 41.5 barrels of sand for bonding, 359 cubic yards of sand, 19.5 cubic yards of gravel, 315 cubic yards of ﬁne broken stone, 105.23 cubic yards of riprap built into the wall. Another 2,595 cubic yards of sand was required to fill in areas behind the seawall.
In the first decade
Location. 37° 0.068′ N, 76° 18.443′ W. Marker is in Fort Monroe, Virginia. Marker is on Fenwick Road east of Engineer Lane, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Monroe History (here, next to this marker); Engineer Wharf (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Fort Monroe Seawall History (a few steps from this marker); First Africans in Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Point Comfort Light (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lantaka (about 500 feet away); Spanish 1-½ Pounder (about 500 feet away); 12-Pounder Howitzer (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monroe.
Also see . . . Fort Monroe National Monument. National Park Service (Submitted on May 29, 2017.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Man-Made Features •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 29, 2017. This page originally submitted on May 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 29, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.