Fort Burnside (1942-1948) - A World War II Coastal Fort first established in 1942 on Beavertail Point, Newport County, Rhode Island. Named in G.O. 65, 4 Dec 1942, after Major General Ambrose E. Burnside, U.S. Civil War General, and Rhode Island Governor (1866-1868). Abandoned in 1948.
World War II
Part of the Harbor Defense of Narragansett Bay.
The purchase of 118.64 acres on Beavertail Point for Fort Burnside was authorized on 25 Feb 1942 by the War Department and the transaction was completed on 4 Aug 1942. Construction was already underway on both Battery 213 (19 Feb 1942) and Battery Whiting (2) (5 May 1942). Battery Whiting (2) was transferred for service first on 29 Aug 1942, followed by Battery 213 on 23 Dec 1943. A third 16" gun battery Battery 110 was proposed but never built.
An elaborate HECP was turned over for service in July 1943. The HECP was constructed of reinforced concrete to look like a large wooden beach cottage. An SCR 582 RADAR antenna was enclosed in a blister on top of the deckhouse.
The post was abandoned by the U.S. Army in 1948 and eventually became Beavertail State Park.
Part of Beavertail State Park, Newport County, Rhode Island. No period guns or carriages in place.
Visited: 29 May 2012