Battery Lee

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Battery Lee (1907-1918) - Battery Lee is a reinforced concrete Endicott Period 5 inch gun battery on Fort Flagler, Washington. Named in G.O. 16, 14 Feb 1902, after Lt. Walter Hatch Lee, U.S. Corps of Engineers, who served in the 1st Battalion of Engineers in the Philippine Operations of 1901, and died from wounds 10 Jun 1901. Battery construction started in 1899, was completed in 1900 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 17 Aug 1902 at a cost of $ 15,500. Deactivated in 1918.

Battery Lee

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Puget Sound.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 5" M1897 guns mounted on M1896 balanced pillar mounts. This is a two story battery with the guns mounted on the upper level and two magazines on the lower level in an earth covered structure between the two guns. No powder or shell hoists provided. Electrical power for lighting provided by the central power plant and commercial power.

Battery Lee Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 5" Rifle 225" M1897 5 Bethlehem Balanced Pillar Mount, M1896, #31, Detrick & Harvey 1907-1918 See Note 1
2 5" Rifle 225" M1897 8 Bethlehem Balanced Pillar Mount, M1896, #32, Detrick & Harvey 1907-1918 See Note 1
Source: 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 88-89, 216
Note 1: Guns and carriages transferred to Grays Harbor, WA, 31 Mar 1918 (CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA)
Battery Lee Plan

World War I

Guns and carriages were transferred to Grays Harbor Defense, WA (March 31, 1919)

Current Status

A part of Fort Flagler State Park, Jefferson County, Washington. The Battery is accessible to the public and the rooms are clean and dry but empty. No guns or carriages are in place.

Location: Fort Flagler State Park, Jefferson County, Washington.

Maps & Images

Lat: 48.102541 Long: -122.691251



Visited: 28 Sept 2009

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