Friday, April 26, 2013

Fort Wolcott

Defenses Of Narraganset Bay, Rhode Island

"....The work on Goat Island, which had borne so many aliases, finally, in 1798, was re-christened Fort Wolcott to commemorate the revolutionary services of Governor Oliver Wolcott, who had just died December 1, 1797, its former name of Fort Washington having been appropriately transferred to the work on the Potomac River opposite to Mount Vernon... .

"... in 1811, only six months before war was declared against Great Britain, there were but seventeen guns in Fort Adams and thirty-eight in Fort Wolcott, in all fifty-five pieces of ordnance, large and small, to defend Narraganset Bay against the most powerful fleets of the world."

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