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American Civil War Fortifications (1): Coastal brick and stone forts (Fortress #6)
The 50 years before the American Civil War saw a boom in the construction of coastal forts in the United States of America. These stone and brick forts stretched from New England to the Florida Keys, and as far as the Mississippi River. At the start of the war some were located in the secessionist states, and many fell into Confederate hands. Although a handful of key site ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published April 20th 2003 by Osprey Publishing
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Dec 30, 2016 Marcus rated it really liked it
From technical perspective, this may be the best Osprey booklet (all categories) I've read so far. Narrative is extremly focused on the topic at hand and provides a surprisingly complete and detailed coverage. The booklet starts with the reasons for building of the fortifications, proceeds with their development and evolution, starting with early 18th century up to outbreak of Civil War. Next follows the analysis of intended use of the forts and their actual performance. This part of the booklet ...more
Informative if not terribly interesting. An overview of the fortresses themselves much more so than the battles which were fought there. It gives a decent glimpse at some of the strengths and weaknesses of the forts and has a lot of interesting information about artillery actually. Worth the 66 pages.
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