Battery Howard

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Battery Howard (1906-1917) - Battery Guy Howard was a reinforced concrete, Endicott Period 6 inch coastal gun battery on Fort Dade (3), Pinellas County, Florida. The battery was named in G.O. 194, 27 Dec 1904, after Major Guy Howard, quartermaster, U.S. Volunteers (captain, Quartermaster's Department, U.S. Army), who was killed in action near Arayat, Province of Pampanga, Phillippine Islands, 22 Oct 1899. Battery construction started in July 1903, was completed in August 1904 and transferred to the Coast Artillery for use 28 Apr 1906 at a cost of $ 63,250.00. Deactivated in 1917.

Battery Howard Gun Emplacement #2 Breaking Up
Battery Howard Gun Emplacement #1 Breaking Up
Battery Howard Magazine

Endicott Period (1890-1910)

Part of the Harbor Defense of Tampa Bay.

Originally built as an Endicott Period concrete coastal gun battery with two 6" M1903 guns mounted on M1903 Disappearing carriages. This was a single story battery with the guns located on the same level as the magazines. Shells were moved from the magazine to the gun loading platform by hand shell carts. No shell or powder hoists were provided. Electrical power was furnished by the emplacement power plant.

Battery Howard Armament (edit list)
Model Serial
Manufacturer Carriage Service
1 6" Rifle 302.9" M1903 10 Watervliet Disappearing, M1903, #67, Watervliet 1906-1917 See note 1
2 6" Rifle 302.9" M1903 56 Watervliet Disappearing, M1903, #68, Watervliet 1906-1917 See note 1
Source: RCW Form 1, 30 Sep 1910, CDSG, Berhow, Mark A. ed, American Seacoast Defenses: A Reference Guide, 2nd Edition, CDSG Press, McLean, VA, 2004, ISBN 0-9748167-0-1, pages 98-99
Note 1: Guns transferred to Watervliet 31 Dec 1917. CDSG Gun Card Collection from NARA
Battery Howard Plan

World War I (1917-1918)

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. The guns of Battery Howard were transferred to the Watervliet Arsenal on 31 Dec 1917 for use overseas. Both guns were sent to France in 1918 and returned to Aberdeen in 1919. Battery Howard was not rearmed. Both guns were reused during World War II in 200 series batteries.

Current Status

Battery breaking up. No period guns or mounts in place.

Location: Part of Egmont Key Florida State Park, Pinellas County, Florida

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Lat: 27.601264 Long: -82.7629924

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  • Elevation: 19.62'



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