Hold Your Ears
— Fort Pickens —Battery Worth's guns were deafening. The gun crews were told to "stay loose and keep your mouths open." Cotton was available, but most soldiers did not use it and developed "artilleryman's ear." Gun pits on the left and right housed eight 12-inch mortars that could lob 700-pound projectiles in high arcs to penetrate ship decks seven to nine miles away. Half the armament was scrapped after World War I, but four mortars remained until 1942, when the battery became the Army-Navy Harbor Defense Command Post for the Pensacola area during World War II.
|Placed By||The National Park Service, Department of the Interior|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Friday, January 2nd, 2015 at 1:03pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16R E 473174 N 3354704|
|Decimal Degrees||30.32385000, -87.27905000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 19.431', W 87° 16.743'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 19' 25.86" N, 87° 16' 44.58" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 1481-1485 Fort Pickens Rd, Pensacola Beach FL 32561, US|
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