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Fort Severn and the United States Naval Academy

 
 
Fort Severn and the United States Naval Academy Marker. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 10, 2008
1. Fort Severn and the United States Naval Academy Marker.
Inscription.
Fort Severn Chapter
National Society
Daughters of the American Revolution
honors
Fort Severn
and the
United States Naval Academy.

[map]
"Locating Fort Severn within the U.S. Naval Academy, March 28, 1977."
 
Erected 1977 by Fort Severn Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.909′ N, 76° 28.872′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker can be reached from Cooper Road 0.1 miles south of Santee Road. Touch for map. This marker is onboard the U.S. Naval Academy, on the northeast wall of Bancroft Hall's Fifth Wing, near the Scott Natatorium and the Wesley Brown Field House. It is about 0.3 miles north of the Academy's visitor entrance (Gate 1). Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Site of Old Fort Severn (here, next to this marker); Norman Scott Natatorium (a few steps from this marker); Vice Admiral William Porter Lawrence, USN
Locating Fort Severn<br>within the U.S. Naval Academy. <br>March 28, 1977 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 13, 2013
2. Locating Fort Severn
within the U.S. Naval Academy.
March 28, 1977
close-up of relief map on marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Butler in Annapolis (about 400 feet away); Burning of the Brig "Peggy Stewart" (about 400 feet away); British 24 Pounder (about 500 feet away); HMS Confiance Cannon (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
More about this marker. Visitors will need to show a picture identification to visit the Naval Academy. Parking may be restricted in the area, but the marker should be accessible to pedestrians.
 
Regarding Fort Severn and the United States Naval Academy. "Mission of the United States Naval Academy:
To develop midshipmen morally, mentally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty in order to provide graduates who are dedicated to a career of naval service and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government."

From plaque outside the Academy's main gate.
Markers on Bancroft Hall, northeast. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 10, 2008
3. Markers on Bancroft Hall, northeast.
See picture below.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bancroft Hall. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Fort Severn. (Submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. U.S. Naval Academy. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. George Bancroft, Bancroft Hall, Wesley Brown, Ernest J. King, King Hall, Mess Attendants, Stewards.
 
Categories. EducationForts, CastlesMilitaryNotable Buildings
 
The Fifth Wing of Bancroft Hall image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, June 13, 2013
4. The Fifth Wing of Bancroft Hall
Bancroft Hall, Main (west) Entrance. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 10, 2008
5. Bancroft Hall, Main (west) Entrance.
Opened in 1909 on the site of old Fort Severn (headquarters of the U.S. Naval Academy since its creation in 1845 under the building's namesake, George Bancroft, (then-Secretary of the Navy). Bancroft Hall is presently the home for some 4,000 midshipmen. It is recognized as the largest single dormitory building in the world.
Bancroft Hall, interior of rotunda. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 10, 2008
6. Bancroft Hall, interior of rotunda.
The mural above the door is taken from the famous painting by Navy Combat Artist Dwight Shepler entitled, "Air Defense, Battle of Santa Cruz." It depicts the battleship South Dakota fighting off a determined Japanese air attack near Guadalcanal on October 25, 1942, as the aircraft carrier Hornet burns in the background.
United States Naval Academy image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2008
7. United States Naval Academy
National Historic Landmark, 1963
Mission of the United States Naval Academy image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2008
8. Mission of the United States Naval Academy
Plaque outside the Academy's main gate.
The Wesley Brown Field House - across Cooper Road and just north of the Fort Severn Markers. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, May 10, 2008
9. The Wesley Brown Field House - across Cooper Road and just north of the Fort Severn Markers.
The Academy's newest building, named in honor of its first Black graduate and dedicated May 10, 2008.
Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King marker - in King Hall (the midshipmen's mess, within Bancroft Hall ). image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2008
10. Fleet Admiral Ernest J. King marker - in King Hall (the midshipmen's mess, within Bancroft Hall ).
"The way to victory is long. The going will be hard. We will do the best we can with what we've got. We must have more planes and ships--at once. Then it will be our turn to strike. We will win through--in time." Dedication of midshipmen wardroom, 10 April 1987.
Navy Mess Attendants and Stewards - marker inside King Hall. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, September 17, 2008
11. Navy Mess Attendants and Stewards - marker inside King Hall.
This marker is dedicated to all our shipmates and unsung trailblazers of African and Asian-Pacific ancestry who proudly served with honor and distinction as Messmen and Stewards in the Naval Academy's midshipmen's mess, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice as American Sailors in war and in peace. Hereby placed in King Hall, this marker is an enduring symbol of the dignity and respect these Sailors earned and the United States Naval Academy's pledge to never forget the costs of their sacrifices, the depth of their commitment, or the lasting value of their service to the United States of America and the United States Navy. September 17, 2008.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,695 times since then and 67 times this year. Last updated on July 1, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   2. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on June 16, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   5, 6. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7, 8. submitted on October 6, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   9. submitted on May 16, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   10. submitted on November 8, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   11. submitted on November 9, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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