On 10 July 2004, Fort Mott State Park and the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA) hosted " The Fall of France and its affect on US Army Coast Defense Forts". The objective of the event was to provide interpretation of the Coast Artillery mission of Fort Mott in the summer of 1940. Included within the event was a major display of 19th Century field artillery and Gatling guns provided by the Salem Light Artillery.
The members of AGFA participating were Andy Grant (Ft. Mott State Park Historian), Mike Murray, Jonathan Prostak, Shawn Welch, Ricky Stauber, Jim Richards, Stephen Turner, Larry Winchell, Mike Bonaccorsi, Peter Morrill, Curtis Saunders. Interpretation, including uniforms and equipment, was designed to present a view of the Coast Artillery at Fort Mott in July of 1940.
This event showcased new restoration efforts and acquisitions by AGFA members and Ft. Mott State Park. The event focused on six "stations" within the park: the museum, the restored fire control tower, Battery Arnold Emplacement No. 1, the power generation room, the BC station for Battery Arnold, and a massive display of Civil War and Spanish American War era Gatling guns and cannon at the start of the gunline.
The first stop for most visitors was the museum where Coast Defense Journal editor B.W. Smith displayed coast artillery telescopic sights, uniforms, and other materials
The museum's own displays, with the added exhibits, provided a good foundation to understanding the role of Ft. Mott and the coast artillery in 1940s-era homeland defense. The museum also served as the hub for the communications installation for Ft. Mott with both a functioning EE-56 time interval apparatus using the cutout switchbox that was originally installed at Ft. Mott in the 1920's, and the BD-95 fire control switchboard.
The restored fire control tower showcased new acquisitions of the Park and AGFA members. The displays consisted of two M1910A1 azimuth instruments, four EE-91 telephones, and an EE-71 telephone. A new addition to the collection was a restored EE-31 fire control telephone and EE-70 head telephone (headset). Two EE-70 head telephones made their debut from AGFA member's collections and performed admirably. These head telephones, manufactured in 1917 and 1927 respectively, were in excellent working condition and proved a pleasant surprise to the public.
Stephen Turner and Curtis Saunders manned the tower through most of the day and they ensured the many visitors came away from the visit with a good view and a good understanding of the use of the tower and its equipment.Stephen Turner and Curtis Saunders manned the tower through most of the day and they ensured the many visitors came away from the visit with a good view and a good understanding of the use of the tower and its equipment.
Many visitors enjoyed the view provided by the M1910A1 azimuth instruments.