Battery Ogden

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Battery Ogden (1900-1920) - Battery Ogden was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 3 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Greble (2), Newport County, Rhode Island. The battery was named in G.O. 30, 19 Mar 1902, after 1st Lieutenant Frederick C. Ogden, 1st U.S. Cavalry, who was killed at the battle Trevillian Station, Virginia, on 11 Jun 1864, during the U.S. Civil War. Battery construction started in May 1900, was completed in October 1900 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 24 Oct 1900 at a cost of $ 9,576.86. Deactivated in 1920.

Battery Ogden

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Narragansett Bay.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 3" M1898MI guns mounted on M1898 Masking Parapet mounts. This was a two story battery with the guns on the upper level and the magazines below. No shell or powder hoists were provided. Electrical power was furnished by the emplacement power plant in Battery Mitchell.

Battery Ogden Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 3" Rifle 154.5" M1898MI 52 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#52, Driggs-Seabury
1900-1920 See note 1
2 3" Rifle 154.5" M1898MI 53 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#53, Driggs-Seabury
1900-1920 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 15 Jun 1925, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 70-71, 205
Note 1: Guns transferred to Watervliet 10 Jul 1920, carriages ordered scrapped 26 May 1920.CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Ogden Plan


World War I (1917-1918)

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. Battery Ogden was unaffected by the World War I redistribution but was caught up in the following 1920 disarmament program. On 27 Mar 1920 the removal of the guns and the scrapping of the carriages was approved. On 10 Jul 1920 the guns were transferred to Watervliet and on 26 May 1920 the carriages were ordered scrapped.

Current Status

Part of Dutch Island State Wildlife Management Area Park, Dutch Island, Newport County, Rhode Island. No period guns or mounts in place.


Location: Dutch Island State Wildlife Management Area Park, Dutch Island, Newport County, Rhode Island.

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Lat: 41.500854 Long: -71.40288

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