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A disappearing gun, added to the Fort Williams battlements before World War I, is pictured manned by National Guard members stationed at the fort in Cape Elizabeth to protect the country's coast lines before, during and after America's official involvement in World War I.
The four men pictured on the left do not appear to be in uniform, and it is likely they are members of the Coast Artillery Corps, who were recruited for weapon and machinery installation. The man pictured on the right may be overseeing the work, due to his being in uniform and carrying a clipboard.
About This Item
- Title: National Guardmen pose next to disappearing gun at Fort Williams, Cape Elizabeth, 1917
- Creation Date: circa 1917
- Subject Date: circa 1917
- Local Name: Fort Williams
- Town: Cape Elizabeth
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Photographic Print
- Dimensions: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm
- Local Code: Coll. S-7474, Misc. Box 264/7
- Collection: Images of World War I military installations in Casco Bay, Maine
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219
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LC Subject Headings
- Artillery, Coast--Maine--Portland
- Fort Williams (Me.)--History
- Fortification--Maine--Casco Bay
- Maine. National Guard
- World War, 1914-1918--Maine--Casco Bay
- Gun Warfare
- Military personnel
- National Guard members
- U.S. resources
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