Fortification Friday: Splinter proof shelter, from the wartime experience

Last week, we split all manner of hairs regarding shelters within fortifications. Some of this hair-splitting had to do with nomenclature – shot proof, shell proof, and splinter proof.  And we saw that post-war writings introduced differences between facilities designated magazines and those designated shelters.  We can read into this a shift in doctrine.  NotContinue reading “Fortification Friday: Splinter proof shelter, from the wartime experience”

On this day… September 7, 1863 -Charleston learns Morris Island lost

Robert Moore ran a couple of “on this day” posts earlier, looking back at reports in Shenandoah newspapers.  After spending most of the sesquicentennial with “on this day” writing, I’ve gotten out of habit for the most part.  But I retain the historical mindset when looking at the calendar. So occasionally I’ll link to anContinue reading “On this day… September 7, 1863 -Charleston learns Morris Island lost”

Fortification Friday: Talking about the Palisades… but not the park!

There, you have Freddie Cannon in your head. But we need to segue from that “Cannon” over to discuss one of the obstructions that engineers would put in front of cannons placed in Civil War forts – palisades.  In his pre-war text on field fortifications, Mahan described palisades as such: Palisades. A palisade is aContinue reading “Fortification Friday: Talking about the Palisades… but not the park!”