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Fort Rosecrans: Battery Charles G. Woodward
(Battery Construction No. 237)
Example of the 6-inch rifle used at Battery Woodward.
Battery Woodward
by Justin M. Ruhge

Originally designated Construction No. 237, this battery was the last of the 6-inch batteries to get underway. It was located in the northwest corner of Fort Rosecrans. Work commenced in March 1943 and the Engineers transferred it to the troops in August 1944. It cost $256,000, more than either of the earlier two 6-inch batteries.

It was named in honor of Colonel Charles G. Woodward who as a Captain had commanded Fort Rosecrans from March 1906 to June 1907.

The guns for this battery were 2 6-inch Model 1903A-2 Nos. 40 and 55 manufactured by the Watervliet Arsenal. The carriages were barbette Nos. 103 and 109 manufactured by the Watertown Arsenal.
Report of Completed Works - Seacoast Fortifications
Coast Defense Study Group
The Form 7 for Battery Woodward. National Archives, RG 77, OCE, Box 129, File 600.914, Harbor.
Report of Completed Works - Seacoast Fortifications: Battery 237 / Battery Woodward
BCN-200-Series Battery Layout
An Artist's Rendering of a Standard Two Gun 6-Inch Battery Showing Layout Details. Artwork by Gerald W. Butler.
Taken From of 1940 by Robert D. Zink,
The Six-Inch Part of the Modernization Program,
Coast Defense Study Group Journal, Vol. 8, No. 2, pgs. 21-39, May 1994.
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