Battery Gatewood

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Battery Gatewood (1898-1914) - Battery Gatewood was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 4.72 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Monroe, Hampton City, Virginia. The battery was named in G.O. 105, 9 Oct 1902, after 1st Lt. Charles B. Gatewood (Cullum 2663), 6th U.S. Cavalry, who commanded Indian Scouts in the field and in the expedition to Sonora, Mexico, leading to the surrender of hostile Apaches on 4 Sep 1886, and who died on 20 May 1896, at Fort Monroe, Virginia. The Battery was transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 24 Sep 1898 at a cost of $ 2,955.63. Deactivated in 1914.

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Chesapeake Bay.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with four 4.72" Armstrong guns mounted on Armstrong pedestal mounts. This was a temporary battery built on the northeast parapet of the old fort next to the northeast bastion battery. One magazine was built into the interior slope in the rear of the battery.

Battery Gatewood Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
103 4.72" Rifle 218.4" Armstrong 9837 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong, #10847, Armstrong 1898-1914 See note 1
105 4.72" Rifle 218.4" Armstrong 9856 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong, #11006, Armstrong 1898-1914 See note 1
108 4.72" Rifle 218.4" Armstrong 9850 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong, #11020, Armstrong 1898-1914 See note 1
110 4.72" Rifle 218.4" Armstrong 9853 Armstrong Pedestal, Armstrong, #10848, Armstrong 1898-1914 See note 1
Source: RCB, 10 Oct 1903, 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 86-87, 209
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Gatewood Plan


Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Fort Monroe, Hampton City, Virginia

Maps & Images

Lat: 37.003852 Long: -76.305018

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Visited: 22 Jul 2010



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