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Photographs of Coast Defense Batteries

Battery Torbert

This battery was built inside the old masonry fort. Officers quarters and Enlisted barracks were torn down on this side of the fort. In addition, 34 guns of various sizes were also removed, to make way for the new battery. This was a three level structure, which is rare for Endicott batteries but necessary to allow the guns to be positioned above the top tier of the fort. The three 12-inch guns were mounted on disappearing carriages. The battery was named for Major General Alfred T.A. Torbert who was colonel of a New Jersey Volunteer regiment during the Civil War. He resigned in 1866, and drowned at sea in 1880. {see "American Seacoast Defenses" 2nd Ed. page 138}










Battery Alburtis

This battery of two 3-inch guns on masking parapet mounts was named for William Alburtis, 1st Lt (brevet Capt) who was killed in action at Vera Cruz, Mexico. This battery is on top of the old fort, next to Battery Torbert. The guns and mounts were removed by 1921.
{see "American Seacoast Defenses" 2nd Ed. page 70}



Battery Allen

Located on top of the old fort next to Battery Torbert. It had two 3-inch guns on masking parapet mounts and was named for 1st Lt Robert Allen, Jr. who died one month after being wounded at the Battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia in 1862. The guns and mounts were removed by 1921.
{see "American Seacoast Defenses" 2nd Ed. page 70}









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