Battery Payne

Battery Payne (HM1INK)

Location: Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Escambia County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 19.676', W 87° 17.75'

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Killed in Gun Drill

— Fort Pickens —

In 1922 Hugo W. Papp looked on as the gun crew practiced firing one of Battery Payne's rapid-fire rifles. The recoil tore the gun from its mount and hurled it down the steps at Papp. In an instant he was dead. This was the only time that a life was taken by any of the guns at Fort Pickens' batteries, which never saw combat. The two 3-inch rifles here, like those at Battery Trueman, had a 360-degree sweep of fire, making them excellent protectors of the inner harbor and the Pensacola Navy Yard.
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 5:02pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 471561 N 3355161
Decimal Degrees30.32793333, -87.29583333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 19.676', W 87° 17.75'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 19' 40.56" N, 87° 17' 45" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1402-1404 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach FL 32561, US
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