Fort Monroe

Fort Monroe is in Virginia.

I took a trip down to Virginia to visit a family member. And as good luck would have it he doesn't live very far from this remarkable Fort. So we spent the better part of one day driving through it , looking it over and visiting the museum inside. Yup, it has a museum, because it has a very long history.

It is the largest stone fortification built in America and building begun in 1819. Its' purpose was to protect the important waterways of the Chesapeake Bay and the James and York rivers. It's an interesting note that Edgar Allan Poe served military service right here at this fort.




The fort was the beginning of artillery for the US. They had the first school there. So there is a lot of great stuff about artillery and the artillery that was used here in the fort.






It was a really fun day. We drove around inside the fort and did some walking around the walls of it. I really like the museum inside. It was really well done and told a lot about the wonderful history of this magnificent fort.





American Coastal Defenses 1885-1950 (Fortress)

American Coastal Defenses 1885-1950 (Fortress)

A new round of fortification building began in the United States and its overseas territories in the late-19th century, which benefited from the latest technology and the increase in America's worldwide economic stature. This book provides a concise introduction to the design, development and purpose of American coastal defenses in the "modern" period (1885-1950), a period defined by the use of concrete, steel, and powerful breech-loading rifles. Packed with period and modern-day images of the fortifications, and written by a leading expert, it covers the emplacements, weaponry, equipment, and people that defended their country in times of great change and uncertainty.
















































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