Battery Richmond

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Battery Richmond (1899-1942) - Battery Richmond was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 12 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Wadsworth (1), Richmond County, New York. The battery was named in G.O. 43, 4 Apr 1900, after Richmond County. Battery construction started in 1897, was completed 1899-1900 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 5 Sep 1899 at a cost of $ 96,992.04. Deactivated in 1942.

Battery Richmond Emplacement #2, 1988
Battery Richmond Emplacement #1, 1988
Battery Richmond, 1988

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Southern New York.

Battery Richmond Magazine Level Entrance Emplacement #2, 1988

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 12" M1888MII guns mounted on M1896 disappearing carriages.

This was a two story battery with the guns mounted on the upper level and the magazines on the lower level. Two Hodges back delivery shell hoists moved the shells from the magazine level to the gun loading platform. The Hodges shell hoists were later replaced with two Taylor-Raymond electric shell hoists and the hoists were modified for the newer long point shells. One type C powder hoist.

Battery Richmond Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 12" Rifle 440" M1888MII 5 Bethlehem Disappearing, M1896, #26, Morgan 1899-1942 See note 1
2 12" Rifle 440" M1888MII 28 Watervliet Disappearing, M1896, #10, Bethlehem 1899-1942 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Jul 1920, 4 May 1945, RCB, 31 Oct 1903, 31 Dec 1909, 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 138-139, 207
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Richmond 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.

World War II

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Fort Wadsworth, Richmond County, New York

Maps & Images

Lat: 40.5987064 Long: -74.0594977


  • U.S.Army, Supplement to the Harbor Defense Project of New York, (HDNY-AN-44), 1 Sep 1944, CDSG


Visited: 15 Aug 2010

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