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Ships vs Forts 1861: Off to the Races

L to R: USS Harriet Lane (background), USS Wabash, USS Minnesota, USS Pawnee It was unthinkable for wooden warships in the long age of sail to engage massive forts mounting huge guns often firing heated shot plunging from the heights. … Continue reading

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Forts: “Too Heavy to Level Down”: Fort Beauregard in Manassas

Earthworks and manmade fortifications have withstood battle, nature, and development to serve as tangible reminders of the American Civil War. Hopefully, they will be around many more decades to serve as teaching tools for battlefield trompers and Civil War students. … Continue reading

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Sea Power at Port Royal Sound: A Missed Opportunity?

On November 5, 1861, the Confederate Secretary of War established the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and East Florida as a military department, assigning one of his most senior and experienced officers, General R. E. Lee, to command it. No … Continue reading

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