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From forts to blockhouses, garrison houses to trading posts, stations to presidios, missions to ranches and towns, this work provides a history of the primary fortifications established during 400 tumultuous years in what would become the United States of America.
Under each state's heading, this substantial volume contains alphabetized entries with information regarding each structure's history. The earliest forts established by the Danes, Dutch, English, French, Portuguese, Swedes and Mexicans and by the temporary appearance of the Russians are listed. The colonial American forts, many of which were previously established by the European powers, are covered in detail. Beginning with the American Revolution, each of the American military fortifications, militia forts, settlers' forts and blockhouses is listed and described. Helpful appendices list Civil War defenses (and military hospitals) of Washington, D.C.; Florida Seminole Indian war forts; Pony Express depots; Spanish missions and presidios; and twentieth-century U.S. forts, posts, bases, and stations. A chronology of conflicts that paralleled the growth of the United States is also provided, offering insight into the historical context of fort construction.
Posted December 30, 2006
I believe that Mr. Hannings has used without license, either intentionally or unintentionally, much of my internet material in listing the forts of the United States. I have found so far over 150 entries in Mr. Hannings' book that are much too similar to my own website listings, including several fort names that I invented because I could not find a proper name during my research. For much of the book, though, the actual data that Mr. Hannings writes about each fort is not in question, and otherwise it makes an interesting and useful resource. Rather, the way he has listed several forts by town or group (especially the listings for Maine, New Hampshire, Virginia, and some other states) is what bothers me, including as noted before the inclusion of several sites that could only have come from 'data mining' my website. Several sources I used to find these sites are not to be found at all in Mr. Hannings' bibliography, so I question the integrity of his of research. In fact, several of my errors have showed up in Mr. Hannings' book as well, again re-enforcing my opinion. I won't even mention all of the typographical errors present in the book. Normally I would have been flattered by the use of my material in such a book, but proper credit must be given to ALL sources used, including websites. Therefore, as a military historian I do NOT recommend this book to any serious student of American fortifications without a warning to beware. Pete Payette, editor American Forts NetworkWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.