The Fort Revere Park and Preservation Society is a resident group 501 (C) 3, supporting restoration of Fort Revere with regard for its historical significance and recreational beauty. Our goal to restore the remaining Military structures at Fort Revere was not only inspired by the closing of these structures, but mainly the history these structures hold and what they represent; the many thousands of personnel that passed through the gates of this former Military Installation and their families that endured their decision to be part of this history.

I would like to paraphrase an email I received from a descendant of a Veteran who served at Fort Revere:

“My Great-Grandfather Stephen J. Moore was stationed at Fort Revere from 1907-1926 with the Coast Artillery. While there he met and married Georgia Mitchell, my Great-Grandmother. Georgia passed away in 1952 in NJ where they ultimately settled, and is interred in Hull Village CemeteryMy grandfather would travel to Hull every year until 1988 to tend to his mother’s grave.  He passed the torch to me. I enjoy visiting Fort Revere knowing that is where my Great Grandfather served in the US Army. Historical sites like this need to be preserved – the coastal defenses provided by places like Fort Revere served an integral part in our nation’s security. In their era, they were the ultimate in technology. Tucked away in seemingly innocuous hills and dunes along the seashore, they were undetected, until those big guns came roaring out to fire on any threats from the enemy.

Although I cannot travel up there on a weekly or monthly basis, you have my support from NJ. Please preserve this wonderful piece of history.

The email I have just read from was written by Lisa Griffith; a Navy Reservist of 21 years and a descendent of Joshua James.

Fort Independence was constructed atop Telegraph Hill just prior to the Revolutionary War, later renamed in honor of Paul Revere, the fort was active during the Civil War as a surveillance and communications point, during World War I as an active coast artillery garrison, and during WWII the fort was re-activated for use of AMTB 941; the Anti-Motor Torpedo Boat Battery 941 at Fort Revere guarded Boston Harbor as part of the Coast Artillery. The battery had a dual mission of defense against fast enemy motor torpedo boats and enemy aircraft. The effective range of guns was about 8,000 yards or 4.5 miles. Each weapon required a crew of 15;   9 men in the gun squad and 6 men in the ammunition squad. The rapid fire gun battery was active from 1943 – 1946.

 

As I look to the water from Fort Revere Park, at the beautiful panoramic views, I think of the Officers and Soldiers looking out at these same views, not with the purpose to relax and reflect as we are able to, but with the purpose to serve their country at all costs, and protect Boston and surrounding communities from invasions.

 

I applaud the original founders of The Fort Revere Park and Preservation Society who acknowledged the extensive history of Fort Revere and all who served there, and began efforts to preserve and keep our Veterans’ history alive for generations to come.  Our group strives to continue these efforts to raise awareness to protect the Fort’s vital history, and pay tribute to all that served and created history in our small town and throughout the Country,

 

Thank you,

Maxine Nash, Fort Revere Park and Preservation Society