American Civil War Fortifications by Ron Field

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By Ron Field

The Mississippi River performed a decisive function within the American Civil conflict. The accomplice fortifications that managed the reduce Mississippi valley have been positioned to the try out within the long Federal crusade of 1862-63. Vicksburg was once a castle urban, referred to as the "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," whose catch is frequently noticeable because the key to victory within the struggle.

This ebook explores the fortifications of the river valley, concentrating on Vicksburg and its defenses which boasted a community of forts, rifle pits, and cannon embrasures surrounding the town and studying the strengths and weaknesses of the fortifications while less than siege. additionally tested are quite a few different fortified strongholds, together with New Orleans, Port Hudson, New Madrid and, forts Henry and Donelson, all lavishly illustrated with complete colour art and cutaways.

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Resigning from his post in 1861, he accepted a commission in the Confederate army and, on June 20, 1862 was ordered to report to General Martin L. Smith as an engineer officer. He remained in that capacity until November 1 when he was appointed Chief Engineer of the Department of Mississippi and East Louisiana, with responsibility for operations from Holly Springs, Mississippi to Port Hudson, Louisiana. Retaining immediate charge of the defenses of Vicksburg, he carefully selected the best ground for its defense.

Green (following his death, Colonel Thomas P. Dockery) under the division of Major General John S. Bowen, and General Louis Hébert’s brigade from Major General John H. Forney’s division. On a prominence about 370ft above sea level, the face of the westerly salient of the central redan was slightly longer than its east face, and had an oblique angle at its extreme left end. Its rear was screened from enfilading fire by an angular-shaped, 8ft-high traverse which began at its easterly end and bissected its west face.

As the enemy’s elongated shot traversed the parapet near its upper slope and killed several men, the parapet was strengthened by adding to its interior slope in some places 2 feet to its thickness. It was also found necessary to deepen the trenches and strengthen the breastworks of the rifle-pits on the right. I was also obliged to construct covered ways for the purpose of safe communication with the sinks and wells in the rear. And eventually it was deemed prudent to construct a strong line of rifle-pits across the gorge of the fort for the greater security of our rear, and to be used in case our lines should be breached or carried by assault.

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