Battery Bacon

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Battery Bacon (1903-1918) - Battery Bacon was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 3 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Wadsworth (1), New York. The battery was named in G.O. 78, 25 May 1903, after 1st Lt. John D. Bacon, 6th U.S. Infantry, who died 12 Oct 1847, of wounds received at the battle of Churubusco, Mexico. Battery construction started in 1899, was completed in 1899 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 12 Mar 1903 at a cost of $ 4,000.00. Deactivated in 1918.

Fort Wadsworth, Battery Bacon Buried Magazine Door
Fort Wadsworth, Battery Bacon Gun Emplacement #2
:Fort Wadsworth Battery Bacon

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Southern New York.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 3" M1898MI guns mounted on M1898 Masking Parapet mounts.

Battery Bacon Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 3" Rifle 154.5" M1898MI 91 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#91, Driggs-Seabury
1903-1918 See note 1
2 3" Rifle 154.5" M1898MI 94 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#94, Driggs-Seabury
1903-1918 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Jul 1920, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 70-71, 207
Note 1: Guns and carriages transferred to Aberdeen Proving Ground 20 Nov 1918. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Bacon Plan

World War I (1917-1918)

The U.S. entry into World War I resulted in a widespread removal of large caliber coastal defense gun tubes for service in Europe. Many of the gun and mortar tubes removed were sent to arsenals for modification and mounting on mobile carriages, both wheeled and railroad. Most of the removed gun tubes never made it to Europe and were either remounted or remained at the arsenals until needed elsewhere. The guns and carriages were removed in 1918.

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Fort Wadsworth, Richmond County, New York

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Lat: 40.6045328 Long: -74.0541762



Visited: 15 Aug 2010

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