Battery Sater and Other Defensive Tactics
Fort Hunt became fully armed as a coastal defense installation upon completion of Battery Sater, the last of the four gun batteries. Battery Sater also served as a command center for mines placed in the river between Fort Hunt and its partner in coastal defense across the river, Fort Washington (MD). The minefields, located 4,000 to 8,000 yards from the main defense, forced enemy ships to slow down and stay within firing range of one or both of the forts.
Completed: January 1904
Artillery: Three 3-inch, 15-pound, rapid-fire guns
Dimensions: 102feet wide x 48 feet deep x 13.5 feet high
Range of Fire: 4.5 miles
Be safe and help us protect our cultural heritage
· Stay on designated paths. Please watch your step. Historic surfaces are uneven and may be damp or slippery. Use handrails when climbing stairs.
· Climbing on or attempting to access restricted areas of historic structures is unsafe and may damage park resources.
· It is illegal to remove anything from Fort Hunt Park. Everything is protected so you and future generations may enjoy these historic resources.