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Pineville in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

How was Fort Randolph Built?

 
 
How was Fort Randolph Built? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 29, 2021
1. How was Fort Randolph Built? Marker
Inscription.  There are no detailed descriptions or illustrations of Fort Randoiph being built. However, it is known from historic al reports that earthwork forts were roughly circular in shape and had outer ditches surrounding them. Fort Randolph was approximately 35 feet tall and 150 feet in diameter.

To begin constructing an earthwork fort, the first step was to define the fort's outer limits or the ditch. Standing along the planned line of the ditch soldiers used shovels and picks to begin to dig. The dirt dug up from the ditch would be thrown into a pile called parapet. To keep the parapet in place, a hard wall called a revetment was constructed, The revetment was made of such material as saplings, stone, brick and sandbags.

Layers of grass were used to cover the revetment. On top of the revetment, firing steps and guns platforms were added. There may have been four to five cannons at Fort Randolph. A central magazine, a round timbered structure covered with dirt to store ammunition and kegs of gunpowder, and a bombproof, used as a shelter against enemy fire, were also built.
 
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Forts and CastlesWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 31° 19.46′ N, 92° 26.88′ W. Marker is in Pineville, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker can be reached from Riverfront Street, one mile north of Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 135 Riverfront Street, Pineville LA 71360, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Why was Fort Randolph Built? (here, next to this marker); Desertion and the end of the War (within shouting distance of this marker); Who was Stationed at Fort Randolph (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Fort Buhlow (approx. ¼ mile away); Deserting soldiers and the end of the war (approx. ¼ mile away); Who was Fort Buhlow named after? (approx. ¼ mile away); Why Was Fort Buhlow Built? (approx. ¼ mile away); How Fort Buhlow was built (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pineville.
 
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Fort Randolph/Fort Buhlow State historic site.
 
How was Fort Randolph Built? Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cajun Scrambler, May 29, 2021
2. How was Fort Randolph Built? Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on July 5, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 103 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 5, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.

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