New York City's Harbor Defenses (Images of America Series)

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The great seaport of New York, one of the largest and busiest natural harbors in the world, was defended for nearly four centuries by a series of more than sixty coastal fortifications. These fortifications were occupied by the Dutch, then the British, and finally, the Americans, who after winning their independence, needed to protect the country they had established. New York City's Harbor Defenses, with more than two hundred vintage photographs, reveals the unusual history of these coastal and island forts and...
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Overview


The great seaport of New York, one of the largest and busiest natural harbors in the world, was defended for nearly four centuries by a series of more than sixty coastal fortifications. These fortifications were occupied by the Dutch, then the British, and finally, the Americans, who after winning their independence, needed to protect the country they had established. New York City's Harbor Defenses, with more than two hundred vintage photographs, reveals the unusual history of these coastal and island forts and tells of the men and women who served at them during peacetime and while the country was at war. Most of these fortifications are no longer active, but they can still be visited. Gone are the mighty guns, some of which could fire a twenty-four-hundred-pound shell a distance of twenty-six miles. Many of the buildings constructed during national emergencies have been leveled, and the millions of soldiers who lived, trained, and served their country there are absent. This visual history shows what once were the extensive fortifications that defended New York City's harbor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738512334
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 8/28/2003
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,474,323
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.44 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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Historians and authors Glen Williford and Leo Polaski are both active in military and local history organizations, including the Coast Defense Study Group. They have compiled this fascinating volume from photograph collections at the National Archives, Aberdeen Proving Ground, the National Park Service, the Army Museum System, several historical societies, and private collections.
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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    A Good Guide to Understanding the Ruins of the Old Harbor Defenses of NY

    This book will provide the reader with a good understnading of the original appearance and purpose of the ruins of the old harbor defenses of NY. I'd particularly recommend this book to anyone visiting Sandy Hook, Fort Wadsworth, or Fort Hamliton. The stone forst and concrete bunkers and gun pits are all ruins now, but this book can show you what they looked like when they were in use, and it explains their purpose.
    It's a good book for getting a flavor of the old days of the US Army Coast Artillery Corps.

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