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43rd Coastal Artillery

Posted: 14 Jan 2013 10:42PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Bulski
Trying to track down the location where my wife’s great uncle would have seen his military service. He is listed as belonging to the “43rd Company of the Coast Regiment of Artillery” during the Spanish American War. His dates of service were Jan 1899 to Jan 1902, so it would more likely be during the Philippine American War. Not having much luck finding history on this Company prior to WWI.

Re: 43rd Coastal Artillery

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 6:48AM GMT
Classification: Query
As early as 1882 Army leaders realized that heavy fixed artillery required different training programs and tactics than mobile field artillery. The Artillery Corps was divided into two types: field artillery and coast artillery. This process began in February 1901 with the authorization of 30 numbered companies of field artillery (commonly called batteries) and 126 numbered companies of coast artillery. 82 existing heavy batteries were designated coast artillery companies, and 44 new CA companies were created by splitting existing units and filling their ranks with recruits. The head of the Artillery Corps became the Chief of Artillery in the rank of brigadier general with jurisdiction over both types of artillery.

The coast artillery became responsible for the installation and operation of the controlled mine fields that were planted to be under observation, fired electrically and protected by fixed guns.

The U.S. Army Coast Artillery Corps (CAC) was a corps level organization responsible for coastal and harbor defense of the United States between 1901 and 1950.

Coast Artillery Companies 1901-1924

The following listing of serially numbered companies of coast artillery gives their locations and changes in designations from their creation in 1901 until 1924, when the separate company numbers were finally abolished. This list is best used in conjunction with “Coast Artillery Organization: A Brief Overview,” in the May 2008 Coast Defense Journal (Vol. 22 No. 2). Redesignations were effective in the year shown. The year shown for locations indicates that the company was at the new post in that year, but could have arrived there during the previous year. Units in parentheses in the headings indicate the units from which the companies were formed, either by redesignation of lettered companies of the seven artillery regiments in 1901, or by splitting existing companies of coast artillery

43rd Company (I/4th Artillery)
1901 – Fort Trumbull, CT
1901 – Fort Terry, NY
1916 – 1st Company, Fort Terry, NY
1917 – 12th Company, CD Long Island Sound
1918 – 8th Company, CD Long Island Sound
1922 – 43rd Company, CAC
1924 – I/4th CA Regiment (HD), Fort Amador, Panama Canal Zone (CZ)

Re: 43rd Coastal Artillery

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 11:53AM GMT
Classification: Query
Thank You

Re: 43rd Coastal Artillery

Posted: 10 Jun 2013 8:31PM GMT
Classification: Query
FYI, There is a Coastal Artillery history group in California, since there are two museums coastal batteries still left (one is near San Francisco - the Precideo and other other in Los Angeles - Osgood/Farley Battery). The one in Los Angeles had 14" guns. They filmed scenes from Tora Tora Tora and Dragnet, the movie, there). I think they have a website, so if you contact them they may help you.

Camp Pendleton still have bunkers from the Coastal Artillery Railroad gun and the Breakers Apartments, formerly the Hilton Hotel, in Long Beach still has the observation bunker in the building tower.

Re: 43rd Coastal Artillery

Posted: 15 Feb 2014 9:18PM GMT
Classification: Query
Hopefully this response isn't too late. I found my great grandfather's Philippine Insurrection injuries reported in newspapers located at Chronicling America. I then web browsed history books and found further documentation on him. If you haven't already tried this tedious approach, you might be surprised by what you find.
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