Armaments and Forts of the Civil War

Forts and armaments during the Civil War ranged from simple blockhouses and breastworks, to large forts and blockades.

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This picture shows a simple blockhouse at Chattanooga, Tennessee (Source: Library of Congress).
Breastworks were often built from logs, dirt and anything else to provide basic protection against enemy attacks. The name breastworks comes from the fact that the fortifications are about breast high (Source: Library of Congress).
Forts were built at more strategic locations and more permanent troop locations. This is a picture of Fort Lincoln in the District of Columbia (Source: Library of Congress).
This pictures shows a heavily fortified battery of Parrott guns at Fort Brady, Virginia (Source: Library of Congress). This battery is manned by the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery.
 

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