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Fort Delaware (Images of America Series)
     

Fort Delaware (Images of America Series)

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by Laura M. Lee, Brendan Mackie
 

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Located on Pea Patch Island, Fort Delaware was erected to defend local ports from enemy attack but never received or fired a shot in anger. The first earthen-work version, constructed during the War of 1812, was followed by a second 1820s plan incorporating a masonry star design with a network of drainage ditches. Engineering issues and a low-lying site doomed the

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Located on Pea Patch Island, Fort Delaware was erected to defend local ports from enemy attack but never received or fired a shot in anger. The first earthen-work version, constructed during the War of 1812, was followed by a second 1820s plan incorporating a masonry star design with a network of drainage ditches. Engineering issues and a low-lying site doomed the structure; in 1831, it was irreparably damaged by fire. A new plan created a more substantial fortification still standing to this day. Fort Delaware evolved into a well-established community that transformed from protector to notorious Civil War prison camp. Most widely known as a prison, it subsequently served in lesser roles through three more conflicts. Images of America: Fort Delaware unifies an amazing pictorial record of Fort Delaware’s historical timeline. The story is not only of active duty but its rescue from abandonment and subsequent successful preservation work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780738585901
Publisher:
Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date:
08/02/2010
Series:
Images of America Series
Pages:
127
Sales rank:
893,211
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author


Laura M. Lee is interpretive program manager and historian at Fort Delaware State Park. Brendan Mackie is a member of the Delaware Army National Guard and the Fort Delaware Society. The images within the book have been graciously shared by the Fort Delaware Society, Delaware Public Archives, and private collections.

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