Fortification Friday: Blockhouses as Safety Redoubts in the Fort

When I say “blockhouse” many of you might be thinking about favorite childhood playsets: Certainly suitable for the defense of the bedroom in the face of the elite Confederate Plastic Brigade, or perhaps the indigenous Plastikawi tribe.  But… something that could not hold against the Green Army Men armed with bazookas and flamethrowers. Kidding aside,Continue reading “Fortification Friday: Blockhouses as Safety Redoubts in the Fort”

Fortification Friday: “a redan or a lunette, is thrown up on the exterior to cover the outlet”

Before we close the discussion of openings for forts (see what I did there?), let me circle back to compare Mahan and Wheeler in regard to one of the fine points considered.  That being the use of a detached redan or lunette in advance of the outlet.  Recall that in pre-war writing, Mahan suggested: InContinue reading “Fortification Friday: “a redan or a lunette, is thrown up on the exterior to cover the outlet””

The Guns at Stones River

Happy New Year to all! Let me kick off 2013 in good order with what has become my practice on sesquicentennials – a virtual tour of Stones River battlefield by way of the artillery. Included in this set are original guns at field displays, replica guns, memorials in the cemetery, and museum displays.  You’ll wantContinue reading “The Guns at Stones River”