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By Angus Konstam
The 50 years sooner than the yankee Civil warfare observed a increase within the development of coastal forts within the us of a. those stone and brick forts stretched from New England to the Florida Keys, and so far as the Mississippi River. in the beginning of the conflict a few have been positioned within the secessionist states, and plenty of fell into accomplice arms. even though a handful of key websites remained in Union fingers during the conflict, the remaining needed to be received again via bombardment or attack. This e-book examines the layout, development and operational historical past of these fortifications, akin to citadel Sumter, fortress Morgan and castle Pulaski, which performed a very important half through the Civil battle.
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From a position of this sort, if the enemy is unprepared, you may sally forth and defeat him. But if the enemy is prepared for your coming, and you fail to defeat him, then, return being impossible, disaster will ensue. 6. When the position is such that neither side will gain by making the first move, it is called temporising ground. 7. In a position of this sort, even though the enemy should offer us an attractive bait, it will be advisable not to stir forth, but rather to retreat, thus enticing the enemy in his turn; then, when part of his army has come out, we may deliver our attack with advantage.
34. Do not pursue an enemy who simulates flight; do not attack soldiers whose temper is keen. 35. Do not swallow bait offered by the enemy. Do not interfere with an army that is returning home. 36. When you surround an army, leave an outlet free. Do not press a desperate foe too hard. 37. Such is the art of warfare. 28 VIII Variation in Tactics 1. Sun Tz˘ u said: In war, the general receives his commands from the sovereign, collects his army and concentrates his forces 2. When in difficult country, do not encamp.
When you penetrate but a little way, it is facile ground. 45. When you have the enemy’s strongholds on your rear, and narrow passes in front, it is hemmed-in ground. When there is no place of refuge at all, it is desperate ground. 46. Therefore, on dispersive ground, I would inspire my men with unity of purpose. On facile ground, I would see that there is close connection between all parts of my army. 47. On contentious ground, I would hurry up my rear. 48. On open ground, I would keep a vigilant eye on my defences.
American Civil War Fortifications 1 by Angus Konstam