Battery Emory

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Battery Emory (1898-1929 ) - Battery Emory was a concrete Endicott Period 10" disappearing gun battery located on Fort Washington (1), Maryland. The Battery was named for Maj. William H. Emory (Cullum 642) on 24 Mar 1900. Battery construction started in 1897, was completed in 1898 and was transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 6 Jul 1899 at a total cost of $91,432.00. Deactivated in 1929.

Battery Emory
Battery Emory, Fire Command Primary Station


Part of the Harbor Defense of the Potomac.

Battery Emory was a reinforced concrete Endicott Period gun battery with two different 10" gun emplacements.

Emplacement #1 was an M1888MII gun mounted on an M1896MI disappearing Carriage. Emplacement # 1 gun and carriage were removed and shipped to Fort Morgan (1) for use in an experimental one gun battery. The gun and carriage were in place in the experimental battery March 13th and 14th, 1916 for the test. The test involved the battleships New York and Arkansas firing upon the Battery to determine what damage a modern battleship could do to a coastal battery. Some 55 large caliber shells were fired at the battery without producing significant damage to the battery or to the gun and its carriage.

Emplacement #2 was an M1888 gun mounted on an M1894 disappearing carriage. Emplacement #2 remained in Battery Emory but the gun was dismounted by Aug 1928 and shipped to Aberdeen 27 Aug 1929.

Battery Emory Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 10" Rifle 367.25 M1888MII 56 Watervliet Disappearing, M1896MI, #27, Bethlehem 1898-1917 See Note 1
Gun to Fort Morgan (1) abt 1917
Carriage to Fort Morgan (1) 3 Feb 1917
2 10" Rifle 367.25 M1888 6 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894, #4, Pond 1897-1928 See Note 1
Gun to Aberdeen 27 Aug 1929
Carriage salvaged 16 Aug 1928
Source: Coast Defense Study Group, RCW Form 1 1 Sep 1921, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 122, 209
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA, CDSG gun carriage card collection from NARA.
Fort Washington Battery Emory Plan.jpg

Current Status

On Fort Washington National Park, Maryland. No period guns or carriages are in place.

Location: Maryland.

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Lat: 38.7095268 Long: -77.0320183

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  • Elevation: 155.57'



Visited: 4 Apr 2009

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