Battery Scott

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Battery Scott (1901-1920) - Battery Scott was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 3 inch coastal gun battery on Fort St. Philip, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. The battery was named in G.O. 78, 25 May 1903, after 1st Lt. Richard W. Scott, 7th U.S. Infantry, who was killed 30 Nov 1817, in action with Seminole Indians at Appalachicola River, Florida. Battery construction started 28 Dec 1898, was completed 2 Nov 1900 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 17 Jan 1901 at a cost of $ 24,278.67. Deactivated in 1920.

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of the Mississippi.

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 located on the upper level and the magazines below. Shells were moved from the magazine level to the gun loading platform by hand. No shell or powder hoists were provided. Electrical power was furnished by the central power plant.

Battery Scott Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 3" Rifle 156" M1898MI 57 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#57, Driggs-Seabury
1901-1920 See note 1
2 3" Rifle 156" M1898MI 58 Driggs-Seabury Masking Parapet, M1898,
#58, Driggs-Seabury
1901-1920 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 26 Mar 1919, 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
Note 1: Guns transferred to Watervliet 20 Jul 1920. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Scott 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 guns of Battery Scott were transferred to Watervliet 20 Jul 1920.

Current Status

Private property, access by boat with permission, in very dangerous condition. No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Fort St. Philip, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

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Lat: 29.3623772 Long: -89.4645452



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