Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington by Benjamin Franklin CoolingMr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington by Benjamin Franklin Cooling

Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of Washington

byBenjamin Franklin Cooling, Walton H. Owen

Paperback | October 12, 2009

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During the American Civil War, Washington, D.C. was the most heavily fortified city in North America. As President Abraham Lincoln's Capital, the city became the symbol of Union determination, as well as a target for Robert E. Lee's Confederates. As a Union army and navy logistical base, it contained a complex of hospitals, storehouses, equipment repair facilities, and animal corrals. These were in addition to other public buildings, small urban areas, and vast open space that constituted the capital on the Potomac. To protect Washington with all it contained and symbolized, the Army constructed a shield of fortifications: 68 enclosed earthen forts, 93 supplemental batteries, miles of military roads, and support structures for commissary, quartermaster, engineer, and civilian labor force, some of which still exist today. Thousands of troops were held back from active operations to garrison this complex. And the Commanders of the Army of the Potomac from Irvin McDowell to George Meade, and informally U.S. Grant himself, always had to keep in mind their responsibility of protecting this city, at the same time that they were moving against the Confederate forces arrayed against them. Revised in style, format, and content, the new edition of Mr. Lincoln's Forts is the premier historical reference and tour guide to the Civil War defenses of Washington, D.C.
Benjamin Franklin Cooling III is a well-known Civil War historian who has authored many publications in that field, as well as in military and naval history. Walton H. Owen II is the assistant director and curator at the Fort Ward Museum, one of the most significant of the sites discussed in this book. He has served as the historic si...
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Title:Mr. Lincoln's Forts: A Guide to the Civil War Defenses of WashingtonFormat:PaperbackDimensions:334 pages, 11.13 × 8.58 × 0.67 inPublished:October 12, 2009Publisher:Scarecrow PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0810860678

ISBN - 13:9780810860674

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This is a welcome contribution to the literature of the Civil War. . . . The thoroughness with which the authors treat the topic is truly impressive. . . . This volume is highly recommended for all libraries and individuals with an interest in the American Civil War.