East Battery

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Black and white photograph of East Battery looking north towards East Bay Street. Paine shot the image standing beside the sea wall in front of the Louis DeSaussure House located at 1 East Battery. Handwritten on reverse reads, "Full Moon on East Battery. 1 hr exposure F.8."

In the mid-1700s, this area was made of large earthenworks of mud and sand in which wooden platforms were laid to support cannons. During the War of 1812, cannons were positioned all along this area and is thought to be the reason why it was named "East Battery".