Day after day visitors walk by Battery Pratt, situated in the middle of the gun line at Fort Stevens State Park. Battery Pratt emplaced two 6-inch rifles on disappearing carriages and was active between 1900 and 1943. The battery’s most notable event occurred….
For The Record: A Discussion of the Men and Their Early War War II Era Units At The Harbor Defenses of the Columbia
By D. Lindstrom
As World War II loomed and became a reality, where did men of the Harbor Defenses of the Columbia come from and how did they feel about things? Let’s find out.
Our story begins with Battery E, 3rd Coast Artillery. This unit kept the harbor defenses on life support during the so called quiet years. Battery E had a rich history dating back to 1799 as part of the 3rd Artillery. During the War of 1812 Battery E saw action against the British. When the Mexican War came along, Battery E was part of the Brownsville episode and withstood a siege of 160b days. At the Battle of Buena Vista Batteries E and C saved the day. During the Civil War, Battery E distinguished itself in Florida and later joined Sherman’s Army as it chased Confederate General Joseph E. Johnson. After the Civil War, the 3rd Artillery was transferred to the West Coast…… (Select here for the full newsletter)
Published by the Friends of Old Fort Stevens, An Oregon 501(c)3 Organization. Helping To Preserve The History Of Oregon’s Fort Stevens State Park. Three Issues: Winter, Spring, Summer. Teaser:
The Reluctant Japanese Submarine: A Look At Why the Enemy Submarine Remained. In The Area Hours After Attacking Fort Stevens On June 21, 1942. By D. Lindstrom
Fire Control Hill, or H Station, was situated at a location isolated from the center of Fort Stevens. It overlooked Battery Russell, a 10-inch disappearing gun. From its vantage point, the station had a broad view to the northwest revealing the entrance to the Columbia River flowing into the Pacific Ocean. This view included the North Jetty on the Washington State side of the river, and the South Jetty on the Oregon side. The jetty’s provided more or less safe passage for shipping into the Columbia River Harbor with deep access into Oregon and Washington. The view then swept from west to south revealing nearby ocean beaches….. Read more here by downloading the PDF
Winter/Spring 2016 Friends of Fort Stevens Newsletter
Sample of the newsletter follows:
SUMMER EVENTS: The Friends of Old Fort Stevens are planning on the usual events for the summer of 2016. They include the Memorial Day weekend Veteran’s Map-A-Thon, remembrance of the June 21, attack on Fort Stevens, the World War II special event over the third weekend of July, and the Labor Day weekend Civil War reenactment. Last but not least, the annual FOOFS picnic will be on September 16.
PLANTING CONTROLLED SUBMARINE MINES. On the Columbia River, from the time of the Spanish American War through 1901, the Corps of engineers was responsible for the planting and operation of the mine field. From 1901 through World War II, the Coast Artillery was in charge. It was a dangerous business in the Columbia River harbor with its swift tides and currents.