Battery Kingsbury (1)
Battery Kingsbury (1) (1905-1942) - Battery Henry Kingsbury is a concrete Endicott Period Coastal Battery located on Fort Casey (1), Whidbey Island, Island County, Washington. Named after Colonel Henry W. Kingsbury, 11th Connecticut Volunteers, 1st Lt., 5th U.S. Artillery, who died 18 Oct 1862, of wounds, received in action at Antietam, Maryland, 17 Oct 1862, during the U.S. Civil War. The Battery was begun in March 1901 and completed in June 1904 and transferred to the Coast Artillery on 27 Nov 1905 at a cost of $92,261.00. The battery was inactivated in 1942 during World War II.
Part of the Harbor Defense of Puget Sound. Battery Kingsbury was designed to protect both the Straight of Juan De Fuca and the Admiralty Inlet to Puget Sound.
Originally built with two, 10" M1888 MII rifles mounted on one M1896 and one M1901 disappearing L.F. carriages. Gun #1 was removed in 1918 during World War I and gun #2 was removed in 1942 during World War II. Two 3" Anti-Aircraft guns were emplaced in the Battery Kingsbury gun positions during World War II and one emplacement from adjacent Battery Moore (Gun #3 Position) was transferred to Battery Kingsbury.
The battery was clean and dry but empty. No guns or carriages were in place.
Visited: 18 Jul 2008