Fort Baldwin is located at the mouth of the Kennebec River in
Phippsburg, Maine. The fort was named after Jeduthan Baldwin - an
engineer for the Colonial army during the Revolutionary War. It
occupies 38 acres of land.
Battery Cogan - Fort Baldwin
Construction. The fort saw its construction start in 1905 and it
ended in 1912. The fort replaced the Civil War-era
Fort Popham which was
also in Phippsburg across the water at the mouth of the Kennebec River.
The fort was constructed in the manner that many coastal defense land
batteries were built. The fort was not constructed of granite like
many other coastal defense forts; it is made of mostly concrete. The
fort originally had three batteries. The batteries were removed in
July 1924. (1).
World War I. The fort was garrisoned prior
to and during
World War I. "During World War I, Fort Baldwin and Fort Popham held
a garrison of 200 soldiers including the 13th and 29th Coast Artillery".
(2). The military
forces assigned to the fort did not live at the fort; they lived in housing
near Atkins Bay.
World War II. The fort was reactivated in
World War II and garrisoned by D Battery, 8th Coast Artillery. A
concrete observation tower was built. Observes in the tower would
radio the position of enemy vessels to batteries located throughout Casco
Gun positions at Fort Baldwin
Directions and Maps to Fort Baldwin.
The fort is located about 15 miles south of
Bath on Maine
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info from this page came from this Wikipedia web page. This webpage
has additional descriptive information on the type and number of cannons,
who the batteries were named after, and the history of the units that
garrisoned Fort Baldwin during World War I.