Newport in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
A Giant Among Forts
Imagine this twenty acre fort filled to capacity: 2,400 soldiers here to defend Newport with 468 cannon sited along the most probable attack routes.
Though designed to house an imposing force, Fort Adams was normally garrisoned with several hundred troops during peacetime. When America engaged in war, however, the fort and surrounding area teemed with thousands of soldiers patrolling the ramparts and training for combat.
Simon Bernard, who had served as a lieutenant general of engineers under Napoleon, designed Fort Adams using many of the advanced fortification techniques of French engineers.
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Size: 871,200 sq. feet
Material: Granite, Shale & Brick
Fort McHenry Baltimore, MD
Size: 85,000 sq. feet
Material: Earth & Brick
Fort Sumter Charleston, SC
Size: 56,000 sq. feet
Material: Rubble, Stone & Brick
Fort Ticonderoga Ticonderoga, NY
Size: 44,200 sq. feet
Material: Logs, Earth & Stone
Erected by Fort Adams State Park.
Location. 41° 28.722′ N, 71° 20.241′ W. Marker is in Newport, Rhode Island, in Newport County. Marker can be reached from Fort Adams Drive, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located inside Fort Adams. Marker is in this post office area: Newport RI 02840, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Adams Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Building a Fortress (within shouting distance of this marker); Erich A. O’D. Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Life in Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Understanding the Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Defending Narragansett Bay (about 300 feet away); Three Tiers of Firepower (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
More about this marker. The background of the marker contains an illustration of Fort Adams with an outline of Forts McHenry, Sumter and Ticonderoga in the parade ground. A picture of an active Fort Adams appears at the upper left of the marker, and Simon Bernard, architect of Fort Adams,
Two modern photographs are at the lower left of the marker: One shows soldiers stationed at Fort Adams and the other is of cannon in the casemates.
Also see . . . History of Fort Adams. Fort Adams State Park website. (Submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 653 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.