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Amherstburg in Essex County, Ontario — Central Canada
 

Fort Defences

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, 1
1. Fort Defences Marker
Inscription.
Fort Defences

In front of you is a recreated piece of the fort's palisade, a vertical wall of sharpened logs. This wall surrounded the fort, linking the four diamond-shaped corner projections, called bastions. Around each bastion, the palisade ran in the bottom of a ditch that served as an additional defence against attacking soldiers.

The diamond shape of the bastions allowed cannons to fire on soldiers approaching adjacent areas of the palisade.

This 24-pounder cannon represents the guns mounted in each of the bastions during the War of 1812.


Defenses du fort

En face de vous se dresse une partie reconstruite de la palissade du fort, un mur de deux mètres de billes de bois affûtées. Ce mur encerclait le fort, reliant entre elles les projections en forme de losange situées aux quatre coins. Autour de chacun des remparts, la palissade était aménagée le long d'un fossé qui offrait une défense supplémentaire contre les soldats attaquants.

Les remparts en forme de losange permettaient da tirer au canon sur les soldats s'approchant des endroits adjacents à la palissade.

Ce canon tirant des boulets de 24 livres représente les canons installés sur chacun des remparts lors de la Guerre de 1812.

 
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
2. Fort Defences Marker
Close-up view of the large text section displayed on the historical marker.
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Location. 42° 6.427′ N, 83° 6.847′ W. Marker is in Amherstburg, Ontario, in Essex County. Marker can be reached from Laird Avenue South just south of Elm Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This historical marker is located in a cluster of two markers, situated a short distance in front of the visitor entrance to the recreated Fort Malden National Historic Site, very near the Detroit River, along the national park's river walkway. Marker is in this post office area: Amherstburg, Ontario N9V 1X5, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Site Over Time (here, next to this marker); Brick Officers’ Guard Room (within shouting distance of this marker); Detroit River Heritage (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Indian Council House (about 90 meters away); Shoreline Breakwall (about 90 meters away); Strategic Location (about 90 meters away); Boblo Island (about 90 meters away); Major John Richardson (about 120 meters away). Click for a list of all markers in Amherstburg.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar of 1812
 
Fort Defences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
3. Fort Defences Marker
Close-up view of the small text section displayed on the historical marker.
Fort Defences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
4. Fort Defences Marker
A close-up view of the top picture displayed on the historical marker, showing a cross section view of the earthworks and ditch defenses of the fort.
Fort Defences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
5. Fort Defences Marker
A close-up view of the bottom pictures displayed on the historical marker.
Fort Defences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
6. Fort Defences Marker
View of the historical marker situated on a National Park walkway, that runs along the Detroit River, with a view of the fort museum (brick building) and entrance in the background of the picture.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
7. Fort Defences Marker
View of the featured historical marker, situated on the far left side of a cluster of two markers, with a view of the fort palisade and southwest bastion in the background.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
8. Fort Defences Marker
View of the featured historical marker, situated on the far left side of a cluster of two markers, with a view of the fort museum (brick building) and entrance gate in the background.
Fort Defences Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
9. Fort Defences Marker
View from the area of the historical marker of the southwest bastion, and the canon positioned near the British flag.
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By Dale K. Benington, June 15, 2013
10. Fort Defences Marker
View, looking northeast, of the outer point of the southwest bastion of Fort Malden.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 327 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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