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.
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.
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.
On Fort Hunt National Park Park, Fairfax County, Virginia. No period guns or carriages are in place.
Visited: 4 Apr 2009
Battery Sater Picture Gallery