A Text-Book on Field Fortification

Paperback | February 5, 2012

byGustave Joseph Fiebeger

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII FIELD FORTIFICATION IN WARFARE SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF RIFLED ARMS AMERICAN CIVIL WAR Field fortifications of the hasty and deliberate types first assumed an important role in warfare in the American Civil War, which was the second great war fought with rifled small arms and the first in which rifled artillery took an important part. Fortified Places. As the Northern and Southern States were separated by a boundary line devoid of permanent land defenses, the first step was to secure for each section a military frontier by the construction of semi-permanent or provisional works. The Confederate frontier line east of the Mississippi River ran through the fortified positions of Yorktown, Centerville and Winchester, Va., Cumberland Gap, Mill Springs and Bowling Green, Ky., Forts Donelson and Henry, Tenn., to Columbus, Ky. The Union frontier line included the fortified positions of Washington, D. C, and Covington and Paducah, Ky.; it was later reinforced by Louisville, Ky., and other less important points. With the progress of the war, new positions farther to the rear were fortified by the Confederates, and the Union armies strengthened the captured places to form bases for future operations. Of these later fortified places the most important were Richmond, Va., Knoxville and Chattanooga, Tenn., Corinth and Vicksburg, Miss., and Atlanta, Ga. Each of the places required one or more campaigns to effect its capture. The typical Union fortified place was Washington, D. C, the national capital and an important bridgehead on the Potomac River. It was begun in 1861 and completed in 1864. (Plate XIV.) "Thus from a few isolated works covering bridges or commanding a few especially important points, was developed a connected system of fortification by whi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII FIELD FORTIFICATION IN WARFARE SINCE THE INTRODUCTION OF RIFLED ARMS AMERICAN CIVIL WAR Field fortifications of th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217312381

ISBN - 13:9780217312387

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