Battery Van Swearingen

Battery Van Swearingen (HM1IN2)

Location: Pensacola Beach, FL 32561 Escambia County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 19.676', W 87° 17.75'

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Nervously Vigilant

— Fort Pickens —

All alone in the glaring sun...scanning the horizon...looking for but hoping not to see an enemy ship or plane—guard duty was no picnic for the Coast Artillery during World War II. Soldiers stood guard around the clock in three- or four-hour shifts. At night "you'd hear something moving," one soldier said, "and you couldn't tell if it was a German off a U-Boat or not." The battery, built in 1898 for two 4.72-inch Armstrong rifles, was converted into a range-finding station for Battery Payne in 1922 and used throughout World War II.

This battery was named for Capt. Joseph Van Swearingen of the 6th U.S. Infantry. He was killed on December 25, 1837, in a skirmish with Seminole Indians at Okeechobee, Florida.
HM NumberHM1IN2
Placed ByThe National Park Service, Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 471561 N 3355161
Decimal Degrees30.32793333, -87.29583333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 19.676', W 87° 17.75'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 19' 40.56" N, 87° 17' 45" W
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Area Code(s)850
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1402-1404 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach FL 32561, US
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