Battery Turman (1899-1918) - Battery Reuben Turman is a concrete Endicott Period Coastal Battery located on Fort Casey (1), Whidbey Island, Island County, Washington. Named in G.O. 194, 27 Dec 1904, after 2nd Lt. Reuben S. Turman, 6th U.S. Infantry, who died 2 Jul 1898 of wounds received at Battle of Santiago, Cuba, 1 Jul 1898, during the Spanish-American War. Lieutenant Turman was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in the attack of his regiment at the Battle of Santiago, on 1 Jul 1898. The Battery was begun in August 1899 and completed in January 1901 and transferred to the Coast Artillery on 16 Jun 1902 at a cost of $18,850. The guns were removed from the Battery in 1918.
Part of the Harbor Defense of Puget Sound. Battery Turman was designed to protect the Straight of Juan De Fuca and the Admiralty Inlet to Puget Sound.
Originally built with two, 5" M1897 rifles mounted on M1896 balanced pillar carriages.
The battery was clean and dry when visited. No guns or carriages were in place.
Visited: 21 Jun 2009, 18 Jul 2008