Battery Bartlett

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Battery Bartlett (1899-1942) - Battery Bartlett was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 10 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Warren (2), Georges Island, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The battery was named in G.O. 16, 14 Feb 1902, after Brevet Major General William F. Bartlett, formerly colonel of the 49th and 57th Regiments, Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Battery construction started in 1892, was completed in 1899 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 21 Oct 1899 at a cost of $ 236,105.68. Deactivated in 1942.

Battery Bartlett
Battery Bartlett Marker
Battery Bartlett

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Boston, Massachusetts.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with four 10" M1888MI guns mounted on two M1894 and two M1896 Disappearing carriages. This was a two story battery with the guns located on the upper level and the magazines below. Shells were moved from the magazine level to the gun loading platform by four Taylor-Raymond, front delivery, electric shell hoists. No powder hoists were provided. Electrical power was furnished by the central power plant and one generator in Bastion A of the old fort.

Battery Bartlett Armament (edit list)
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1909 Arms List
1 10" Rifle 367.25"" M1888MI 26 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894,
#29, Watertown
1899-1917 See note 1
Gun to France
2 10" Rifle 367.25"" M1888MI 29 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894,
#25, Watertown
1899-1917 See note 1
Gun to France
3 10" Rifle 367.25"" M1888MII 27 Bethlehem Disappearing, M1896,
#36, Watertown
1899-1918 See note 2
Gun to Watervliet
4 10" Rifle 367.25"" M1888MII 26 Bethlehem Disappearing, M1896,
#35, Watertown
1899-1918 See note 2
Gun to Watervliet
1921 Arms List
1 10" Rifle 367.25"" M1888MII 15 Bethlehem Disappearing, M1894,
#29, Watertown
1919-1942 See note 3
Gun from Watervliet
2 10" Rifle 367.25"" M1888MII 16 Bethlehem Disappearing, M1894,
#25, Watertown
1919-1942 See note 3
Gun from Battery Reilly
3 10" Rifle 367.25"" M1888MII 23 Bethlehem Disappearing, M1896,
#36, Watertown
1919-1942 See note 4
Gun from Battery Reilly
4 10" Rifle 367.25"" M1888MII 34 Bethlehem Disappearing, M1896,
#35, Watertown
1919-1942 See note 4
Gun from Watervliet
Source: RCW Form 1, Oct 1921, RCD, 31 Dec 1909, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 122-125
Note 1: Guns to France 31 Dec 1917. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Note 2: Guns to Watervliet 18 Jun 1918. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Note 3: Guns and carriages scrapped 4 Nov 1942. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Note 4: Guns and carriages scrapped 15 Dec 1942. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Bartlett 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. Two guns from Battery Bartlett were ordered dismounted for use abroad on 24 Aug 1917 and sent to France. The two remaining guns were ordered dismounted for service abroad on 29 May 1918. Different guns were returned after the war and mounted in 1919.

World War II (1941-1945)

Battery Bartlett was obsolete at the beginning of World War II and by the end of 1942 the guns and carriages were all ordered scrapped.

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place. This battery is in the maintenance area of the park and not open to the public.


Location: Fort Warren, Suffolk County, Massachusetts

Maps & Images

Lat: 42.318776 Long: -70.92657

Sources:

  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of Boston, Massachusetts, (HDB-AN-45), 31 Jan 1945, CDSG

Links:

Visited: 24 May 2012



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