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Construction began on Battery Weed in 1847 and finished during the Civil War. It's four-tier design allowed up to 116 guns to hurl cannonballs across the Narrows. However, by the mid-1860's bigger more accurate guns could destroy a stone fort like the Battery. Compromised, it became obsolete almost before its last stone was laid.
First named after Fort Richmond - an earlier New York State - built fort on the same site, it was renamed in 1865 for Brt. Maj. Gen. James Wadsworth, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Wilderness. In 1902, the army post was named Fort Wadsworth and the fortification renamed Battery Weed for Brig. Gen. Stephen Weed, killed at the Battle of Gettysburg.
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