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Fort Rosecrans: Battery Whistler
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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