Historic California Posts, Camps,
Stations and Airfields
Fort Rosecrans: Battery Whistler
by Justin Rughe
The four 12-inch mortars mounted at Battery Whistler were Model
1890MI Nos. 76,85,107, and 127 - all fabricated at the Watervliet
Arsenal. The carriages were Model 1896MI Nos. 186, 188, 189,
and 190 fabricated at the American Hoist and Derrick Company.
Battery Whistler was named in honor of
Colonel Joseph Nelson Garland Whistler, an infantry officer who
fought in both the Mexican and Civil Wars.
The Engineering Plan
for Battery Whistler, 1915. National Archives, RG 77, Fortifications
File, Drawer 102, Sheet 56-2
Construction of Battery Whistler
in 1916. Note the use of "Horsepower" to pull the simple
scrapers used to move the earth around the concrete installation.
Photograph Courtesy of the Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District.
Target practice at Battery
Whistler, 1918. Note open layout of gun emplacements that allowed
for easy loading and firing of the guns without interference
from the next gun mplacement. Photograph courtesy of the Corps
of Engineers, Los Angeles District.
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