"Fort Warren has more memories
Edward Rowe Snow
Photo by Ryan Vines
Fort Warren, located in Boston Harbor, is a historic Civil War fort that was also utilized as a prison for Confederate military and political prisoners. The fort continued to serve as an important US Army harbor defense facility from the Civil War throughout World Wars I and II. Fort Warren was under federal government control until 1958, when the Commonwealth obtained possession.
The pentagonal-shaped granite fort, started in 1833, is situated on Georges Island, a 28-acre island in Boston Harbor, where it protected the main shipping channels at that time. The fort was named for Dr. Joseph Warren, a patriot leader, who sent Paul Revere and William Dawes to alert Lexington and Concord on the night before the Revolution. Dr. Warren was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill. Fort Warren was finished sometime towards the end of the Civil War, and it later became a mine control center and continued to protect Boston Harbor. Although the fort was designed for harbor defense, it never fired on any enemy ships.
Edward Rowe Snow (1902-1982)