Near Pensacola Beach in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
—Fort Pickens —
Hidden beneath this vegetation is Battery Langdon, Fort Pickens' most powerful gun emplacement. It's 12-inch guns could throw a projectile 17 miles out to sea. The first time Artilleryman M. Harry fired one of them his hat blew off, his pants split, and he saw concussion ripples in the sand. The massive bunker, begun in 1917 and completed in 1923, was covered with soil during World War II to camouflage it from enemy aircraft.
Lots of boys...would bleed from the mouth and ears because of the concussion of the guns.
R. Hoover Weems, a soldier at Battery Langdon in the 1940s
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
Location. 30° 19.102′ N, 87° 15.764′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker is on Fort Pickens Road 8 miles west of Pensacola Beach Boulevard (State Road 399), on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Pickens Road, Gulf Breeze FL 32561, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battery Worth (approx. one mile away); Battery Cooper (approx. 1.2 miles away); Battery 234 Chasefield Plantation Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away); Apache Prisoners (approx. 1.8 miles away); Step Back in History (approx. 1.8 miles away); Deadly Explosion (approx. 1.8 miles away); Fort within a Fort (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
Regarding Battery Langdon. Constructed in 1917, the battery was completed in 1923 and mounted two 12-inch guns, en barbette. The battery is named in honor of Loomis L. Langdon, a man who was stationed at Fort Pickens on three occasions. In 1861 Langdon commanded a battery of 10-inch seacoast mortars at Fort Pickens, in 1874 he served as an artillery captain at the fort, and in 1885 he returned as a lieutenant colonel in charge of the 2nd U.S. Artillery. Langdon was in command when Geronimo was held in the fort.
Also see . . . Fort Wiki article on Battery Langdon. (Submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.