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Battery Gunnison

Battery Gunnison firing when it was a disappearing gun.

Firing Battery Gunnison as a disappearing battery.

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Fort Hancock's Battery John Gunnison was a 6-inch disappearing gun battery from 1905-1943. It was a rapid fire battery with a mission to protect the harbor from smaller vessels that could move quicker than battleships.

In 1943, the guns were removed and 6-inch barbette guns were emplaced from Battery Peck. The battery was Gunnison no more, as it was renamed new Battery Peck.


Visit Battery Gunnison

Visit Battery Gunnison with World War II living historians on special days from April through October. Check our program guide for dates and times.

Through the extensive volunteer work of the Army Ground Forces Association, Battery Gunnison, a.k.a. New Battery Peck is active again.

Click here to view a YouTube posting by Mike Murray of a gun drill.

AGFA members working in Gunnison's plotting room.

Army Ground Forces members in Gunnison's plotting room.

Army Ground Forces Association

Want to learn more about Battery Gunnison? Click here to download the pdf of the Historic Structures Report on Battery Gunnison, Battery Potter and the Mortar Battery.

Did You Know?

Women's Army Corps soldiers crossing out the

Did you know that Fort Hancock, unlike most Army posts during World War II, had a racially integrated unit? The 1225th Army Service Unit had African-American soldiers and in 1943 received a group from the Women's Army Corps. More...