Batteries Thomas and Schenck at Fort Morgan. The first of two rapid fire gun batteries to be built just outside Fort Morgan, Thomas began service just as the Spanish-American War broke out. Thomas mounted two 4.7” Rapid Fire guns, each of them capable of firing a 45 pound projectile six miles, Thomas proved to be extremely vulnerable to enemy fire. Eventually, one of Thomas’ gun emplacements was converted into a Range Finding Station for the adjacent Battery Schenck. At first, Schenck mounted two Model 1898 15-pounder Rapid Fire guns. A third position was added to the battery mounting a Model 1902 15 pounder Rapid-Fire gun..
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