THE GEOMETRY OF WAR:

FORTIFICATION PLANS FROM 18TH-CENTURY AMERICA

 

Curated by: Brian Leigh Dunnigan

 

 

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“Fortification . . . is the art of fortifying a town, or other place; or of putting it in such a posture of defence, that every one of its parts defends, and is defended by some other parts, by means of ramparts, parapets, ditches, and other outworks; to the end that a small number of men within may be able to defend themselves for a considerable time against the assaults of a numerous army without; so that the enemy . . . must of necessity suffer great loss.”
George Smith, An Universal Military Dictionary (London, 1779)

 

 

An introduction to the diverse elements of the 18th centory fortifications in America. This onlilne exhibit features examples from the Library's rich collection of plans and maps. It was orginially presented at the Library from October 15, 2012 to February 15, 2013.