By Angus Konstam
The 50 years prior to the yankee Civil struggle observed a increase within the development of coastal forts within the usa. those stone and brick forts stretched from New England to the Florida Keys, and so far as the Mississippi River. first and foremost of the conflict a few have been situated within the secessionist states, and lots of fell into accomplice palms. even though a handful of key websites remained in Union palms during the conflict, the remaining needed to be received again via bombardment or attack. This e-book examines the layout, building and operational historical past of these fortifications, corresponding to fortress Sumter, citadel Morgan and citadel Pulaski, which performed a vital half through the Civil warfare.
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