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Fort Warren - Georges Island, Boston Harbor Islands, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 19.247 W 070° 55.720
19T E 341074 N 4687194
Quick Description: Fort Warren in Boston Harbor was used from the Civil War to World War II.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 5/18/2011 5:37:50 AM
Waymark Code: WMBG77
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member briansnat
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Long Description:
Fort Warren is located on Georges Island in Boston Harbour. It was named after Revolutionary War hero Dr. Joseph Warren who dispatched Paul Revere on his famous ride and was later killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Construction began in 1833 and lasted until 1861 The supervisor was Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, who later became most famous as the Superintendent of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York.

During the Civil War, the fort served as a prison for captured Confederate personnel. Some of the famous and important Confederate prisoners included:

Confederate Generals:
General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr.
General Richard Stoddert Ewell
General John Gregg
General Adam "Stovepipe" Johnson
General Lloyd Tilghman
General Isaac Ridgeway Trimble

Confederate Diplomats:
James M. Mason
John Slidell

Confederate Politicans:
Postmaster General John Henninger Reagan
Vice President Alexander H. Stephens

The Union marching song "John Brown" was written at Fort Warren. Julia Ward Howe used the melody used it to create the "The Battle Hymn of the Republic".

Following the Civil War the fort continued to operate. It was active through the Spanish-American War and World War I. It was subsequently decommissioned then re-activated during World War II to protect the New England coast from the threat from German U-boats. In 1947 it was once again decommissioned. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
The year the "Fort" was constructed or started.: 1833

Name of "Country" or "Nation" that constructed this "Fort": United States

Was this "Fort" involved in any armed conflicts?: Yes it was

What was the primary purpose of this "Historic Fort"?: Used for defence of a border or land claim.

Current condition: Restored

This site is administered by ----: Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation

If admission is charged -: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Open to the public?: Restricted hours -Admission charged

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