Posted by: chiarraigrrl | July 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Fort Warren edition



  1. What’s the history of Fort Warren?

    • Excellent question! The short(ish) version: After the War of 1812 a board was convened to make sure that the Atlantic coast was better defended, what with Washington having been burned and all. The board drew up plans for an extensive fort network along the coast, but Congress decided it was too expensive, so a small percentage of those forts were actually built. Fort Warren is one of them, on Georges Island in Boston Harbor. Construction was mostly completed by 1851, but wasn’t completed at the time because the Federal government was afraid that completing the forts & building up arms would encourage civil war. When the Civil War did break out, the Massachusetts Militia completed Fort Warren (and soldiers made up the tune behind the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, “John Brown’s Body”, while clearing construction debris) and used it for training before deployment to the battlefield. After about a year it was changed to imprison Confederate soldiers and Union deserters, including the Vice President of the Confederacy, among others. After the Civil War it was used in WWI and WWII for training, assisting with the mines in Boston Harbor in WWII, etc.

      Very interesting. I spent a day with the Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands talking to a military historian who’s studied the fort for 30 years and has the stories of 100 people who passed through Fort Warren- I still have to type up my pages of notes… 🙂

  2. Absolutely gorgeous light in that photo! You should shop around for photography contests and enter!

    • Thank you! I have my eye on a contest Yankee magazine is running, actually- think it’s due in September/October, which gives me time to get organized… 😉

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