Fortification Friday: The simple, effective Abattis

Abattis?  Abatis?  Abbattis? And how do you pronounce it?  Ah-ba-tee?  Ah-bae-tus?  Or, for those in the deep south… Awe-bat-us. How about Russian? Zaseka.  And the Russians knew a thing or two about abattis.  Their Zasechnaya Cherta was a thousand kilometer line against the Tatars, dating to the 12th and 13th centuries, built initially from felledContinue reading “Fortification Friday: The simple, effective Abattis”

Marching Through Georgia, December 13, 1864: The Taking of Fort McAllister, Part 3

Sometime in the evening of December 13, 1864, Major-General William T. Sherman sent this message to Major-General Henry Slocum, commanding his Left Wing: Take a good big drink, a long breath, and then yell like the devil. The fort was carried at 4:30 p.m., the assault lasting but fifteen minutes. The general signaled from thisContinue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 13, 1864: The Taking of Fort McAllister, Part 3”

Marching Through Georgia, December 13, 1864: The taking of Fort McAllister, Part 2

In part 1, earlier today, I offered some background on Fort McAllister’s attackers and defenders.  Looking now to the “moving pieces” we turn to King’s Bridge.  At around 5 a.m. on the morning of December 13, 1864, the engineers stopped their repair work on the bridge to allow Brigadier-General William B. Hazen’s division to cross. Continue reading “Marching Through Georgia, December 13, 1864: The taking of Fort McAllister, Part 2”