Battery Sater

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Battery Sater (1904-1920) - Battery Sater was a concrete Endicott Period 3" gun battery located on Fort Hunt, Fairfax County, Virginia. The Battery was named in G.O. 78, 25 May 1903, for 1st Lt. William A. Sater, 18th U.S. Infantry who was killed 1 Jul 1898 in the Battle of San Juan, Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Battery construction started in August 1900, was completed in January 1904 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 25 Jan 1904 at a total cost of $ 15,100. Deactivated in 1920.

Battery Sater

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of the Potomac.

Battery Sater was a reinforced concrete Endicott Period 3" rapid fire gun battery with three M1898MI guns mounted on M1898 Masking Parapet Carriages. The battery consisted of three 3" gun emplacements 29' apart separated by the main battery structure with a separate shell room for each gun emplacement.

Battery Sater Armament (edit list)
Empl
No
Caliber
Type
Barrel
Length
Model Serial
No
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Dates
Notes
1 3" Rifle 154.5 M1898MI 105 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#105, Driggs-Seabury
1904-1920 See Note 1
Gun mounted Nov 1903
2 3" Rifle 154.5 M1898MI 106 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#106, Driggs-Seabury
1904-1920 See Note 1
Gun Mounted Nov 1903
3 3" Rifle 154.5 M1898MI 107 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#107, Driggs-Seabury
1904-1920 See Note 1
Gun mounted Oct 1903
Source: CDSG, RCW Form 1 1 Feb 1919, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 70, 209
Note 1: All three guns removed 9 Jul 1920 & sent to Watervliet, all three mounts were scrapped 20 May 1920, CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Sater 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. The Battery was deactivated in 1920 and the guns were removed 9 Jul 1920 and sent to the Watervliet Arsenal. The mounts were scrapped on 20 May 1920.

Current Status

On Fort Hunt National Park Park, Fairfax County, Virginia. No period guns or carriages are in place.


Location:On Fort Hunt National Park Park, Fairfax County, Virginia.

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Lat: 38.7153932 Long: -77.0481491

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Visited: 4 Apr 2009

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