Battery Lord

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Battery Lord (1903-1946) - Battery Lord was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 3 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Moultrie, South Carolina. The battery was named in G.O. 87, 25 May 1903 after Assistant Surgeon George E. Lord, U.S. Army, who was killed 25 Jun 1876, in action with Sioux Indians at Little Big Horn River, Montana. Battery construction started in 1903, was completed in 1903 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 31 Dec 1903 at a cost of $ 12,995.85. Deactivated in 1946.

Battery Lord History

Part of the Harbor Defense of Charleston.

Endicott Period

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 3" M1902MI rapid fire guns mounted on M1902 pedestal carriages. This was a two story battery with the two guns on the upper level and two magazines and a utility room below. No shell hoists were furnished. Electrical power for lighting was furnished by the power plant in Battery Jasper.

Battery Lord Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 26 Bethlehem Pedestal, M1902, #26, Bethlehem 1905-1946 See note 1
2 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 27 Bethlehem Pedestal, M1902, #27, Bethlehem 1905-1946 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Jul 1921, 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 72-73, 210
Note 1: Carriages transferred from Bethlehem 23 May 1905. Guns and carriages processed for salvage 14 Feb 1946. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Lord Plan

World War I

The U.S. entry into World War I resulted in a widespread removal of large caliber coastal defense gun tubes for service in Europe. Many of the gun and mortar tubes removed were sent to arsenals for modification and mounting on mobile carriages, both wheeled and railroad. Most of the removed gun tubes never made it to Europe and were either remounted or remained at the arsenals until needed elsewhere. The guns and carriages of Battery Lord were not affected by the World War I redistribution or the following 1920 Disarmament Program.

World War II

Battery Lord remained active throughout World War II. The guns and carriages were processed for salvage after the war on 14 Feb 1946.

Current Status


Location: Fort Moultrie, Charleston County, South Carolina.

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Lat: 32.7590613 Long: -79.8577952



Visited: 23 Jan 2010

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