Battery Barbour

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Battery Barbour (1898-1920) - Battery Barbour was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 6 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Wadsworth (1), Richmond County, New York. The battery was named in G.O. 78, 25 May 1903, after Capt. Philip N. Barbour (Cullum 777), 3rd U.S. Infantry, who was killed 21 Sep 1847, at the battle of Monterey, Mexico. Battery construction started in 1898, was completed in 1898 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 20 Dec 1899 at a cost of $ 9,165.33. Deactivated in 1920.

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Southern New York.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 6" Armstrong guns mounted on Armstrong pedestal carriages.

Battery Barbour Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 4.72" Rifle 218.4" M1898 9721 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong,
#10840, Armstrong
1898-1918 See note 1
2 6" Rifle ???" Armstrong 12135 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong,
#11160, Armstrong
1898-1920 See note 2
3 4.72" Rifle 194.1" M1898 9720 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong,
#10837, Armstrong
1898-1920 See note 2
4 6" Rifle ???" Armstrong 12136 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong,
#11161, Armstrong
1898-1920 See note 2
Source: RCW Form 1, 2 Feb 1922, Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 207
Note 1: Transferred to Watervliet 24 Dec 1918CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Note 2: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Barbour Plan Emplacement #1

World War I

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.

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Fort Wadsworth, Richmond County, New York

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.602924 Long: -74.0539134



Visited: 15 Aug 2010

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