Battery Ledyard

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Battery Ledyard (1900-1915) - Battery Ledyard was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 5 inch rapid fire coastal gun battery on Fort McDowell (1), Angel Island, San Francisco County, California. The battery was named in S.O. 16, 14 Feb 1902 after 1st Lt. August C. Ledyard, 6th U.S. Infantry, who was killed in action on the Island of Negros, Philippine Islands, on 8 Dec 1899. Battery construction started and was completed in 1900. The battery was transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 1 Aug 1900 at a cost of $ 20,044.58. Deactivated in 1915 when the guns and carriages were removed.

Battery Ledyard from Access Road Above
Battery Ledyard Looking Toward the Bay
Battery Ledyard

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of San Francisco.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 5" M1900 rapid fire guns mounted on M1903 Barbette Pedestal carriages. The Battery itself was completed in 1900 but the 31 Dec 1903 RCB report indicates that neither the guns or carriages were mounted at the end of 1903. The carriage cards show that the M1903 carriages were not sent to Fort McDowell until 4 Aug 1905 and it is assumed that the Battery was armed shortly after their arrival.

The guns and carriages were shipped to Battery Call, Fort Miley in 1915.

Battery Ledyard Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 5" Rifle 258.5" M1900 1 Watervliet Barbette Pedestal, M1903, #14, Morgan 1905-1915 See note 1
2 5" Rifle 258.5" M1900 7 Watervliet Barbette Pedestal, M1903, #15, Morgan 1905-1915 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Mar 1920, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 90-91, 215
Note 1: Guns & Carriages shipped to Battery Call, Fort Miley in 1915, CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Ledyard Plan


Current Status

Part of the Angel Island California State Park. No gun or mounts in place.


Location: Fort McDowell, Angel Island, San Francisco County, California

Maps & Images

Lat: 37.8564779 Long: -122.4415997

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Visited: 29 Aug 2009

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