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The Ravelin

 
 
The Ravelin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 4, 2010
1. The Ravelin Marker
Inscription. This wedge-shaped outwork protected the fort's sally port from enemy fire, and helped to control access to the star fort. The U.S. Army built the original ravelin in 1813. The structure was modified to its presents dimensions in 1837.

The ravelin and dry moat provided a first line of defense against a land attack, but none ever came.

Two doors along the ravelin's rear scarp walls lead to an underground magazine where gunpowder and ammunition were stored just after the Civil War. Please watch your step on the curved stairways.

In 1814 the ravelin stood like a brick island in a dry moat. Removable bridges connected the star fort with the outside world. The ravelin's triangular design offered enemy soldiers no place to take cover from the star fort's guns.
 
Location. 39° 15.814′ N, 76° 34.762′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Click for map. Marker is on grounds of Fort McHenry National Monument. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort McHenry (a few steps from this marker); A Star Spangled Centennial (a few steps from this marker); Bombproofs (a few steps from this
The Ravelin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Jordan, August 4, 2010
2. The Ravelin Marker
marker); Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Star-Spangled Banner (within shouting distance of this marker); In Full Glory Reflected (within shouting distance of this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine. National Park Service (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 

2. Battle of Baltimore. HistoryCentral.com (Submitted on August 19, 2010, by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..) 
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
15-inch Rodman Gun on the Ravelin image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
3. 15-inch Rodman Gun on the Ravelin
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A.. This page has been viewed 704 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Paul Jordan of Burlington, N. C., U. S. A..   3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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