Battery Duane

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Battery Duane (1896-1915) - Battery Duane was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 8 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Wadsworth (1), Richmond County, New York. The battery was named in G.O. 43, 4 Apr 1900, after Brigadier General James C. Duane, U.S. Army, a native of New York, a distinguished officer of the U.S. Civil War, and Chief of Engineers, U.S. Army, 1886-1888. Battery construction started in 1895, was completed 1896 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 16 Jun 1896 at a cost of $ 267,513.39. Deactivated in 1915.

Battery Duane Magazine Interior
Battery Duane Gun Emplacement
Battery Duane Magazine and Gun Emplacement

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Southern New York.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with five 8" M1888 guns mounted on M1894 disappearing carriages. The battery was apparently built with Rosendale cement which was not suitable for interior construction. Three of the emplacements (#3,#4 and #5) were first reconstructed and later demolished after they could not be repaired.

Battery Duane Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 8" Rifle 278.5" M1888 5 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894, #2, Watertown 1896-1915 See note 1
2 8" Rifle 278.5" M1888 7 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894, #3, Watertown 1896-1915 See note 1
3 8" Rifle 278.5" M1888 17 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894, #1, Watertown 1896-1915 See note 1
4 8" Rifle 278.5" M1888 14 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894, #4, Watertown 1896-1915 See note 1
5 8" Rifle 278.5" M1888 24 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894, #5, Watertown 1896-1915 See note 1
Source: RCB, 31 Oct 1903, 31 Dec 1909, 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 108-109, 207
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA


Current Status

In ruins, no period guns or mounts in place.


USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) Database Entry: 2417281


Location: Fort Wadsworth, Richmond County, New York

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.604044 Long: -74.0557373

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Visited: 15 Aug 2010



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