Battery Hindman

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Battery Hindman (1905-1946) - Battery Jacob Hindman was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 3 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Wool (1), Virginia. The battery was named in G.O. 194, 27 Dec 1904, after Bvt. Col. Jacob Hindman, U.S. Army (Maj. 2nd U.S. Artillery), who served with distinction during the War of 1812, and who died 17 Feb 1827. Battery construction started 8 Jan 1903, was completed 30 Sep 1905, and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 15 Nov 1905 at a cost of $ 13,443.81. Deactivated in 1946.

Fort Wool, Battery Hindman

Endicott Period

Part of the Harbor Defense of Chesapeake Bay.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 3" M1902 guns mounted on M1902 pedestal carriages. This was a two-story battery with the guns on the upper level and a separate magazine for each gun emplacement on the lower level. Electrical power was furnished from the power plant between Battery Claiborne and Battery Dyer.

Battery Hindman Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 6 Bethlehem Pedestal, M1902, #6, Bethlehem 1905-1946 See note 1
2 3" Rifle 154.35" M1902MI 7 Bethlehem Pedestal, M1902, #7, Bethlehem 1905-1946 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 1 Jul 1919, Coast Defense Study Group, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 72-73, 208
Note 1: CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Hindman Plan

World War I

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. Battery Hindman was not affected by the World War I redistribution or the following 1920 disarmament program.

World War II

The guns and carriages of Battery Hindman were declared obsolete on 18 Oct 1946 but were retained for saluting purposes until they were ordered salvaged 25 Sep 1947.

Current Status

No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Fort Wool, Ripp Rapp Island, Hampton City, Virginia. Now sealed and covered with sand.

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Lat: 36.9869228 Long: -76.3020444

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  • Elevation: 25.33'



Visited: 23 Jun 2010

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