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Descriptions of Coast Artillery Guns

The subsections of this section provide descriptions and images of those Coast Artillery guns and mortars that were used in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire during the period from 1898 to 1946. These include only the principal guns that were used in coastal fortifications. A few short-lived guns, such as the 4.7-inch, are not covered, and neither are the few railroad artillery guns that were present in New England.

The first guns to be included here are those that were present in Massachusetts emplacements. Others may be added as additional states are covered.

Primary Guns Only

The subsections of this section include only the guns that were primarily used in New England. Many other types of Coast Artillery guns existed in the United States.