The Mortar Battery

The Mortar Battery (HM521)

Location: Fort Washington, MD 20744 Prince George's County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 42.582', W 77° 1.527'

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Named Battery Meigs, these two pits contained eight large 12-inch mortars. Each huge mortar was capable of hurling a 700-pound projectile in a high arc. The simultaneous firing of all eight would insure a clustered group of shells falling on the decks of an attacking battleship.

The rate of fire of these weapons depended upon the speed and skill of the 12 men needed to serve each mortar. The practiced teamwork of 96 men rushing to load, aim, fire, and reload these eight heavy weapons reflected the log hours devoted to gun drills. Men of the 17th and 37th Company Coast Artillery Corps, served this battery from 1900 to 1913.
HM NumberHM521
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Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 9:23pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 323890 N 4286509
Decimal Degrees38.70970000, -77.02545000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 42.582', W 77° 1.527'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 42' 34.92" N, 77° 1' 31.62" W
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Area Code(s)301, 240
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 13221 Park Ln, Fort Washington MD 20744, US
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