Thursday, May 23, 2013
And so we continue with the men in uniform series, today going a bit back in time from the last post, to the World War 1 era. Written on the back, "Baltimore, Maryland, Fort Howard." Fort Howard started out as an unnamed coast artillery battery, built in 1896, at North Point, in Baltimore County. One would think that in 1896 the United States would have little fear from a naval attack, but we had just gone through a crisis with the nation of Chili. And no, it's not as silly as it sounds. In the 1890s, Chili had the largest navy in the Pacific and was thought a formidable threat to our security. More so on the west coast, but still, the Chesapeake is the gateway to Washington, D.C. In 1902, Theodore Roosevelt's Secretary of War, Elihu Root renamed the battery, Fort Howard, after Revolutionary War general, John Edgar Howard. In 1940, Fort Howard was closed and the property was turned over to The Veteran's Administration. In 1975, the portions of the property that contained the original battery was turned over to Baltimore County for use as a park. The rest of the property is still owned and used by The Department of Veteran's Affairs. And if anyone cares about our dispute with Chili, I'd suggest looking up the Baltimore incident, which had nothing to do with the city of Baltimore.