Engineering Security: The Corps of Engineers and Third System Defense Policy, 1815-1861

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Thorough examination of the antebellum fortifications that formed the backbone of U.S. military defense during the National Period.

The system of coastal defenses built by the federal government after the War of 1812 was more than a series of forts standing guard over a watery frontier. It was an integrated and comprehensive plan of national defense developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and it represented the nation's first peacetime defense policy. Known as the "Third...

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Overview


Thorough examination of the antebellum fortifications that formed the backbone of U.S. military defense during the National Period.

The system of coastal defenses built by the federal government after the War of 1812 was more than a series of forts standing guard over a watery frontier. It was an integrated and comprehensive plan of national defense developed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and it represented the nation's first peacetime defense policy. Known as the "Third System" since it replaced two earlier attempts, it included coastal fortifications, but also denoted the values of the society that created it. The governing defense policy was one that combined permanent fortifications to defend seaports, a national militia system, and a small regular army. The Third System remained the defense paradigm in the United States from 1816 to 1861, when the onset of the Civil War changed that paradigm. In addition to providing the country with military security, the system also provided the context for the ongoing debates in Congress over national defense through the annual congressional debates on military funding.

In charting the philosophy, construction, and maintenance of the forts of the Third System, a history of antebellum American national defense policy emerges, and permits an investigation of the political, economic, social, and military development of the U.S. between the War of 1812 and the Civil War.


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"Solid and single-minded, this study argues that historians have been unfair to the builders of these fortifications. It maintains that Congress, and the engineers it hired, knew exactly what they were doing, . . . that despite the fact that Civil War historians have damned the forts for their obsolescence, Smith still drives home his point: America’s giant seaboard forts achieved their limited strategic goals."

—Todd Shallat, author of Structures in the Stream: Water, Science and the U.S. Corps of Engineers

"Mark A. Smith's book, Engineering Security, is remarkable in its explorationof the transformational power of the Third System's implementation in military, economic, and political terms. In Engineering Security, Smith has impressively traced the development of U.S. defense policy throught the early to mid-1800s, as well as the rise of the engineers to the pinnacle of the military power structure."--On Point, The Journal of Army History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817316655
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Smith is Assistant Professor of History at Fort Valley State University in Georgia. His articles have appeared in The Journal of the Georgia Association of Historians, The Georgia Historical Quarterly, and The Florida Historical Quarterly.

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