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Near Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

King's Depression Carriage

 
 
King's Depression Carriage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
1. King's Depression Carriage Marker
The marker is somewhat worse for the wear.
Inscription. Capt. Rufus King, Jr. devised a counterweight system and front-pintle mount that would allow the 49,000 pdr. Rodman Gun to depress during loading. Except for the brief periods of exposure to enemy fire during the aiming and firing of the gun, the crew could remain protected behind the high parapets of the fort.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Defenses of Washington marker series.
 
Location. 38° 46.066′ N, 77° 1.709′ W. Marker is near Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Fort Foote Road. Touch for map. Located inside the Fort Foote National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Foote ( a few steps from this marker); Northwest Bastion ( within shouting distance of this marker); 15-inch Rodman Smoothbore ( within shouting distance of this marker); The Defenses of Washington ( about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Fort Foote ( about 500 feet away); Wasteland or Wetland?
Depression Carriage Wayside image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
2. Depression Carriage Wayside
( approx. 1.4 miles away in Virginia); Colonial Fort ( approx. 1.5 miles away in Virginia); Historic Jones Point ( approx. 1.5 miles away in Virginia). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Washington.
 
More about this marker. On the lower left This photograph depicts the installation of the first operational Depression Carriage installed at Fort Foote in 1869. Only the front-pintle platform remains. On the right a diagram details the layout of the carriage, with indicators for (1) Counterweight system; (2) Firing position; (3) Loading position; (4) Parapet.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Foote. National Park Service site providing a short history of the fort. (Submitted on May 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 

2. Fort Foote Virtual Tour by Markers. (Submitted on May 7, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryWar, US Civil
 
Marker and the Remaining Pintle of the Carriage image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, March 1, 2008
3. Marker and the Remaining Pintle of the Carriage
The Depression Carriage image. Click for full size.
Library of Congress
4. The Depression Carriage
Better view of the carriage photograph. The pintle is at the base of the carriage, on the left side of the photograph.
King's Depression Carriage image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, September 18, 2011
5. King's Depression Carriage
Close-up of image on marker

(1) Counterweight system
(2) Firing position
(3) Loading position
(4) Parapet
Rufus King Jr. image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia
6. Rufus King Jr.
"This officer, when his captain was wounded, succeeded to the command of two batteries while engaged against a superior force of the enemy and fought his guns most gallantly until compelled to retire." Rufus King Jr.'s Medal of Honor Citation awarded on April 2, 1898 for his actions at White Oak Swamp on June 30, 1862.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,879 times since then and 164 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   5, 6. submitted on September 14, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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