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King of Prussia in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

A Pointed Defense

 
 
A Pointed Defense Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
1. A Pointed Defense Marker
Inscription. On the attack, this would be your perspective: advancing uphill, passing through sharp obstructions, only to face artillery and supporting infantry mounted in the redan. Brigade huts would be across the road, just behind the defenses.

These fortifications must have impressed enemy spies. The British commander, Sir William Howe, wrote home to Lord George Germain that the American positions were “too strong to attack with a clear chance of success.

Abatis
In the winter of 1778 the abatis would have been a tangled mass of cut trees, with sharpened branches facing toward the enemy.

In the actual encampment, the bristling fence was far more extensive, protecting the entire ĺ mile Inner Line.

Redan
The redan is a small, detached earthwork built forward of the main defenses – to strengthen the line or to cover a vulnerable area.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 5.933′ N, 75° 26.874′ W. Marker is in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Historic Trace Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: King of Prussia PA 19406, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
Marker on the Historic Trace Road image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
2. Marker on the Historic Trace Road
markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Crowded and Very Sickly” (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Huntingtonís Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Huntingtonís Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Schoolhouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Campís Road System (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Grand Parade (approx. 0.3 miles away); Training for Victory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Major General Friedrich Wilhelm Baron von Steuben (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in King of Prussia.
 
More about this marker. Soldiers and artillery in a redan, protected by abatis, appears on the background of the marker.
 
Also see . . .  Valley Forge National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on March 22, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Redan in Valley Forge image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, March 20, 2010
3. Redan in Valley Forge
This photo, taken from in front of the marker, shows the redan that was protected by abatis during the 1777-78 winter encampment.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 520 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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