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Re: [WarOf1812] Fort McHenry sunset bombardment picture - nitpicking

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  • JGIL1812@aol.com
    In a message dated 6/23/2006 7:28:11 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, yawors1@uwindsor.ca writes: So, I m wondering: 1) the picture shows soldiers of the garrison
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 27, 2006
      In a message dated 6/23/2006 7:28:11 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,
      yawors1@... writes:

      So, I'm wondering:

      1) the picture shows soldiers of the garrison "sheltering" against the
      landward walls in the ditch of the fort. But this doesn't seem like
      a very safe place to be. If a shell landed in the ditch, the
      fragments would eviscerate everyone near... doesn't this fort have
      "bomb-proof" shelters? << Jim... this was actually the safest place to be
      during the bombardment and is well documented.>>

      2) there are a lot of trees showing on the approach road and in the
      fort itself. Would these have been there in 1812? Again, wouldn't
      they be dangerous as a source of debris, splinters, etc. if struck by
      artillery fire? << The trees were grown in peace time to strengthen the
      parapets during peace time. There is still some debate on where they were there
      during the bombardment.>>

      3) as well as the trees on the approach road, there are a couple of
      buildings on the landward side that are quite close to the walls.
      Wouldn't such structures be cleared away to give the defenders a
      clearer field of fire? << Jim... you certainly wouldn't have them tear down
      the pup would you! There were a number of structures outside the fort such
      as an artillery barn/park and yes tavern to support the Fort during the war.>>

      BTW.. we missed you at the GT. JG/RE







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