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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.
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.
 
Location. 43° 37.351′ N, 70° 12.661′ W. Marker is in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, in Cumberland County. Touch for map. Marker is in Fort Williams Park. Marker is in this post office area: Cape Elizabeth ME 04107, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Williams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Town Within A Town
Battery Blair image. Click for full size.
By Beverly Pfingsten, July 16, 2009
2. Battery Blair
(about 300 feet away); CCC Headquarters (about 300 feet away); Looking South (about 500 feet away); Looking East (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Williams (about 500 feet away); Looking North (about 500 feet away); Civilian Conservation Corps (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cape Elizabeth.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyWar, World IWar, World II
 
Battery Blair image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2011
3. Battery Blair
Battery Blair Relief on Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 18, 2011
4. Battery Blair Relief on Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 11, 2009, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,054 times since then and 33 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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