Life in Fort Adams

Life in Fort Adams (HMWFH)

Location: Newport, RI 02840 Newport County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 28.754', W 71° 20.211'

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I did not have far or long to look, because, being the junior officer of the garrison I could displace no other, and besides, there was but one casemate available for me to choose from . . . ? A good sweeping and a little glazing of broken windows made it quite comfortable. I took a share in an active young Irishman, wild and fresh from the Emerald Isle, whom two or three officers had in common as a servant. He soon had a roaring fire in my open grate and this quickly ate up the mould and moisture incident to a casemate long out of use.
- Lieutenant John C. Tidball, circa. 1848

Other officers during this period were less pleased with casemate quarters. Casemates, after all, were designed to house cannons, not people. Less than a year before Tidball's arrival at Fort Adams, General Winfield Scott had petitioned Congress to build more comfortable quarters for officers serving in coastal fortifications, describing the "most unwholesome casemates" as "miserable places".

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1900 Census snapshot of life in Fort Adams:
1 Colonel · 6 Captains · 3 Lieutenants · 38 Sergeants · 39 Corporals · 269 Privates · 7 Cooks · 10 Musicians · 4 Mechanics · 2 Hospital Stewards · 27 Wives · 95 Children · 2 Mothers · 1 Sisiter · 21 Servants · 10 Miscellaneous
535 Residents Total

Fort Adams Cemetery Contains
158 Men · 33 Women · 81 Children · 15 Unknown
287 Deaths Total
Placed ByFort Adams State Park
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Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 9:00pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 304890 N 4594594
Decimal Degrees41.47923333, -71.33685000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 28.754', W 71° 20.211'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 28' 45.24" N, 71° 20' 12.66" W
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Area Code(s)401
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 110 Fort Adams Dr, Newport RI 02840, US
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