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Battery Mendel


This battery was named for an Army engineer, 
Colonel George H. Mendel. After his graduation 
from West Point in 1852, he began a long career 
in planning and designing military structures. Dur-
ing the late nineteenth century, he supervised the 
building of many Bay Area coastal fortifications. 
Battery Mendel was completed in 1905, shortly 
after his retirement. It was armed with 2 "disap-
pearing" guns, which would fold back out of sight 
after they were fired. It remained in active ser-
vice until 1943.

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