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Seacoast Fortifications of the United States: An Introductory History Paperback – April 2, 1993

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  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (April 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557505020
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557505026
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7.8 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,270,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Timothy J. Sullivan on September 25, 2002
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A wonderfully written book that will interest anyone that has visited one, or more of the many old forts up and down the East Coast of the United States. This book will be extremely fascinating to anyone with the least bit of curiosity about old forts. The author is very knowledgable about the subject matter and does a brilliant job of conveying information in a way that makes it understandable to an amateur, while still being insightful to a professional in the field of coastal fortification history.
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This is the only book which attempts to provide an overview of the history of seacoast fortification in the U.S. Although general in nature, it is a superb reference in regard to the evolution of coastal fortification. It contains many excellent photographs of representative fortifications. A must have for those interested in military fortifications, particularly those of the U.S
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The three coasts of the United States are dotted with the remains of old fortifications, most in various states of neglect and decay. A few, such as Fort Monroe in Virginia, Castle Clinton in New York, and Fort Adams in Rhode Island, are in good repair. Some, such as Castillo San Marcos in St. Augustine, Florida, date back to colonial times. Few tourists understand that these structures once constituted a key component of the defense of the country. Ray Lewis' "Seacoast Fortifications of the United States" provides a monograph-length introduction into the story behind those old forts.

In just 145 pages of superb text supplemented by an excellent selection of black and white photographs and diagrams, Lewis maps the history of US land-based seacoast defense, a long neglected topic. Lewis identifies three stages in the construction of a network of forts around the major ports and river mouths on three coasts. His narrative traces the evolution of construction from dirt to stone to concrete, and the effort to adapt building technique to different terrain and changing threat. The last pages include US coastal defense constructed in Panama and the Philippens prior to World War II.

"Seacoast Fortifications of the United States" is very highly recommended to students of the military art as a highly readable introduction into what once our first line of defense.
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Ray Lewis has provided a super walk through the history of seacoast artillery in America. Nobody has done it better.
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