Newport in Newport County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
Life in Fort Adams
I did not have far or long to look, because, being the junior officer of the garrison I could displace no other, and besides, there was but one casemate available for me to choose from . . . A good sweeping and a little glazing of broken windows made it quite comfortable. I took a share in an active young Irishman, wild and fresh from the Emerald Isle, whom two or three officers had in common as a servant. He soon had a roaring fire in my open grate and this quickly ate up the mould and moisture incident to a casemate long out of use.
Other officers during this period were less pleased with casemate quarters. Casemates, after all, were designed to house cannons, not people. Less than a year before Tidballs arrival at Fort Adams, General Winfield Scott had petitioned Congress to build more comfortable quarters for officers serving in coastal fortifications, describing the “most unwholesome casemates” as “miserable places”.
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1 Colonel 6 Captains 3 Lieutenants 38 Sergeants 39 Corporals 269 Privates 7 Cooks 10 Musicians 4 Mechanics 2 Hospital Stewards 27 Wives 95 Children 2 Mothers 1 Sisiter 21 Servants
535 Residents Total
Fort Adams Cemetery Contains
158 Men 33 Women 81 Children 15 Unknown
287 Deaths Total
Erected by Fort Adams State Park.
Location. 41° 28.754′ N, 71° 20.211′ 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. Building a Fortress (within shouting distance of this marker); Returning Old Glory 2001 (within shouting distance of this marker); Defending Narragansett Bay (within shouting distance of this marker); Going Great Guns (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Adams Foundation (within shouting distance of this marker); Erich A. OD. Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); The Irish Connection to Fort Adams (within shouting distance of this marker); Understanding the Fort (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
More about this marker. A picture of a soldier
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 485 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 10, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.