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 Posted: Wed May 23rd, 2012 09:06 pm
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as a side nugget, the large masonry forts were the result of policy changes (from the war of 1812!) built over a period of (up to) 40 years and many were obsolete before they were finished (note the effect of rifled rounds on fort sumter later in the war).

their obvious intent is to protect key harbors (never real sure of the need for fort jefferson in the dry tortugas).

the forts themselves were not intended to be occupies until a threat materialized.

rather, the garrisons would be quartered ashore and move to the fort as needed...

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