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A Century of Protection

The Block House in America

 
 
A Century of Protection Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. A Century of Protection Marker
Inscription. Captain Daniel Cushing, 2nd U.S. Artillery, noted in his diary of 16 February 1813, that the men “placed one twelve pound cannon in the lower blockhouse. Gen. [William Henry] Harrison gave notice this evening that he expected to be attacked every night.” Cushing was writing of Fort Meigs, Ohio, which the soldiers had been constructing. During his stint there, Cushing outlasted a siege by the British in early May 1813, which lasted just over a week, and another attempted siege and attack late that July.

Blockhouses could stand alone, or be inside a fortification. At Fort Meigs, they were along the exterior palisades of the fort. Blockhouses were typically made of timber and often had a second story that projected over the first floor, to better defend the area below. The walls had loop holes for troops to fire through. If strong enough, the second floor could hold artillery. Blockhouses proved reliable and were utilized in other conflicts and areas, including the French and Indian War, westward expansion, early Florida conflicts, and the Civil; War.
 
Location. 40° 12.267′ N, 77° 9.519′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
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Insert - blockhouse placements image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - blockhouse placements
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); General Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion (within shouting distance of this marker); Lieutenant Colonel William Orlando Darby (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel Robert W. Black (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Smallpox (within shouting distance of this marker); Specialist Fourth Class Robert D. Law (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carlisle Forge (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War of 1812
 
Insert - blockhouse plan image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - blockhouse plan
The blockhouse display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. The blockhouse display
Blockhouse interior - loopholes and stairs image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. Blockhouse interior - loopholes and stairs
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 1, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 51 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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