True Tales of Life & Death at Fort Adams

True Tales of Life & Death at Fort Adams


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True Tales of Life & Death at Fort Adams by Kathleen Troost-Cramer

For 150 years, Fort Adams guarded the strategic entrance to Narragansett Bay and Newport Harbor. It was the largest coastal fortification in the United States, and though the site never saw a battle, its history is shadowed with dark tragedy. The fort witnessed its first death in 1819 when Private William G. Cornell shot Private William Kane point-blank and without remorse over an unknown argument. Unfortunately, more tragedy would follow. In 1871, twenty-eight-year-old George F. Drake slit his own throat after his sweetheart ended their relationship. And in 1879, Private Franz Koppe was mysteriously attacked, later dying of his injuries. The Spanish influenza arrived at Fort Adams in 1918, killing five soldiers in one month. Through these stories of life and death, author Kathleen Troost-Cramer traces the history of this national landmark.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540208705
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 06/25/2013
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

About the Author

Kathleen Troost-Cramer grew up in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Her fascination with local history has led to a long career as a tour guide at various locations, including the Newport mansions, the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast and Museum, and Fort Adams, where she developed the original Halloween attraction Fortress of Nightmares. Robert J. McCormack is the Director of Marketing & the Visitor Experience at Fort Adams and a member of the The Fort Adams Trust.

Table of Contents

Foreword Robert J. McCormack 9

Acknowledgements 11

1 Madness and Bloodshed 13

2 "Hurried into Eternity": Death from the Deep 39

3 Accidental Death 57

4 The Grip of Death's Hand: Influenza, 1918 73

5 Cold Case: The Strange Demise of Mary Gleason 81

6 Do They Still Stand Watch? Reports of Strange Phenomena at Fort Adams 91

Appendix: Chronological Listing of Death Events at Fort: Adams 103

Notes 105

Bibliography 119

Index 135

About the Author 139

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