• East view from Crissy Field overlook with old Coast Guard station on left and city on right

    Presidio of San Francisco


Battery East

Battery East today

Grass-covered earthen works fortifications at Battery East.

National Park Service, GGNRA

Built in the 1870's, Battery East was constructed to withstand the heavy ordinance that had made multi-tiered masonry forts like Fort Point obsolete in the Civil War. You can view the earthen works and brick-lined magazines built to protect large Rodman guns and their ammunition. There are beautiful vistas of the Golden Gate, the San Francisco Bay and downtown. Picnic tables are nearby.

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Did You Know?

U.S. Army major rank insignia

In 1915, a tragic fire at the Presidio claimed the lives of General Pershing’s wife and his three daughters. Pershing's son, Francis Warren, survived the blaze and chose to enlist in the army as a private during World War II. By the end of the war he had achieved the rank of major.