Battery Sevier

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Battery Sevier (1916-1933) - Battery Sevier was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 10 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Pickens, Escambia County, Florida. The battery was named in G.O. 15, 25 Apr 1916, after John Sevier, pioneer, soldier and the first Governor of Tennessee. This battery was constructed as a part of Battery Cullum and did not become a separate battery until 1916. Deactivated in 1933.

Battery Sevier WWII HD Signal Station
Battery Sevier Power Station
Battery Cullum-Sevier

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Pensacola.

Originally designated as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 10" M1888MII guns mounted on M1894 Disappearing carriages. 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 Taylor-Raymond back deliver shell hoists. No powder hoists were provided. Electrical power was furnished by the emplacement power plant and commercial power.

Battery Sevier Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
Battery Sevier 1916-1933
1 10" Rifle 367.25" M1888MII 25 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894, #6, Kilby 1916-1933 See note 1
2 10" Rifle 367.25" M1888MII 42 Watervliet Disappearing, M1894, #7, Kilby 1916-1933 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 21 Jan 1929, RCB, 31 Dec 1904, 31 Dec 1909, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 124-125
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Sevier 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 Sevier were not affected by the World War I redistribution or the following 1920 disarmament program but the battery was deemed obsolete and no longer required in 1933.

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place. This battery is fenced off with no public access to the structures.

Location: Fort Pickens, Escambia County, Florida

Maps & Images

Lat: 30.327046 Long: -87.294424


  • Historic Structure Report and Resource Study, Pensacola Harbor Defense Project 1890-1947, Florida Unit, National Park service, March 1982


Visited: 25 Apr 2013, 16 Dec 2009

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