Battery Kingsbury (1)

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Battery Kingsbury (1) (1905-1942) - Battery Henry Kingsbury is a concrete Endicott Period Coastal Battery located on Fort Casey (1), Whidbey Island, Island County, Washington. Named after Colonel Henry W. Kingsbury, 11th Connecticut Volunteers, 1st Lt., 5th U.S. Artillery, who died 18 Oct 1862, of wounds received in action at Antietam, Maryland, 17 Oct 1862, during the U.S. Civil War. The Battery was begun in March 1901 and completed in June 1904 and transferred to the Coast Artillery 27 Nov 1905 at a cost of $92,261.00. The battery was inactivated in 1942 during World War II.

Battery Kingsbury Gun #1 Entrance
Battery Kingsbury Gun #2 Position

Battery Kingsbury (1) History

Part of the Harbor Defense of Puget Sound. Battery Kingsbury was designed to protect both the Straight of Juan De Fuca and the Admiralty Inlet to Puget Sound.

Originally built with two, 10" M1888 MII rifles mounted on one M1896 and one M1901 disappearing L.F. carriages. Gun #1 was removed in 1918 during World War I and gun #2 was removed in 1942 during World War II. Two 3" Anti-Aircraft guns were emplaced in the Battery Kingsbury gun positions during World War II and one emplacement from adjacent Battery Moore (Gun #3 Position) was transferred to Battery Kingsbury.

Battery Kingsbury Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 10" Rifle 420.6" M1888 43 Watervliet Disappearing Carriage L.F., M1896,
#71, Watertown
1902-1918 Removed 1918
2 10" Rifle 420.6" M1888 40 Watervliet Disappearing Carriage L.F., M1901,
#8, Watertown
1902-1942
Source: RCW Form 1, 1933, CDSG


Battery Kingsbury Plan 1 Mar 1933


Current Status

Battery was clean and dry but empty. No guns or carriages were in place.


Location: On Fort Casey (1), Whidbey Island, Island County, Washington

Maps & Images

Lat: 48.155564 Long: -122.677082

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Visited: 18 Jul 2008

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