The Coast Defense Study Group promotes the study of coast defenses and fortifications in the United States.
St. Babs XXXIII Delaware River 2015 at Fort Mott, NJ
The CDSG publishes two periodicals, the Coast Defense Journal and the CDSG Newsletter. Original articles and source documents on aspects of worldwide military coastal or harbor defenses are published in the Journal; the Newsletter has organizational news and business, and items of a more timely nature. The CD Journal and the CDSG Newsletter rely on the submission of articles, reviews, site visit reports, notes, comments, letters, inquiries, etc. from CDSG members and other interested parties.
The CDSG Press provides copies of back issues of the CDSG publications, past conference notes (which often contain a number of reproductions of important source documents and maps of the harbor defense area visited), and reproductions of important books and manuals.
The organization also hosts an annual conference at different harbor locations with field trips visiting the remaining harbor defense structures in the area, along with a series of evening presentations on coast artillery subjects.
The CDSG organization are also are advocates and provide funding through the CDSG Fund program for the preservation and interpretation of seacoast defense structures and history. The CDSG also is building a representative program to keep in regular contact with the various sites that were once coast artillery locations. This program is designed to exchange information and resources between the CDSG and the site locations.
Click here to see Group Pictures from past CDSG “St. Babs” (Short for Saint Barbara, the patron saint of artillerists) Conferences