§The first fort constructed was
Fort Adams on Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island.
§In August 1825, Totten
arrived at Fort Adams to take charge of the work.
§The fort features many
sophisticated engineering features that makes it a showcase for the
art of fortification and a tribute to Totten’s inventiveness.
scientific experiments to determine the resistance of various
materials used in fortifications to enemy fire, designed a greatly improved
embrasure for seacoast forts, and made numerous contributions to
§Totten remained in Newport until December 1838, when he
left to become chief of engineers of the United States Army.
§When Totten died in
1864, he was recognized as one of the country's greatest engineers.