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Fort Pio Pico: Battery James Meed
Battery Meed on North Island, shown during target practice, 1911. The battery was abandoned in 1919 and removed in 1941. It's guns were moved to Battery McGrath to replace its 2 5-inch guns shipped to Europe during World War I. Photograph courtesy of the Casemate Museum, Fort Monroe, Virginia.
Battery James Meed
by Justin M. Ruhge
Battery James Meed had 2 3-inch rapid-fire guns located on North Island. This battery was also referred to as the Zuniga Shoals battery and Fort Pio Pico, the last in honor of the last Mexican Governor of California. The purpose of these two guns was like Fetterman to fend off attacks from small boats and vessels. These guns were later moved to Battery McGrath at Fort Rosecrans to replace the 2 5-inch guns that had been sent to the front in Europe during World War I. This was not a fort in the formal sense but a location of batteries without the usual barracks facilities. Fort Pio Pico was established in 1906 as a sub post of Fort Rosecrans and abandoned in 1919. Its location was demolished in 1941 when the ship channel was widened.
Battery James Meed was named in honor of Captain James Meed, 17th Infantry, who was killed in action against the British and Indians at Frenchtown, Michigan in 1813.
Seacoast artillery material target after target practice by 28th Company, Coast Artillery Corps. That unit stood first in the Army among 3-inch batteries in 1912, scoring 18 hits in 33 seconds. May 1912.
Report of Completed Works - Seacoast Fortifications
The Form 7 for Battery Meed at Fort Pio Pico on North Island, 1919. National Archives, San Bruno.
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